Advisory Board Meetings

All meetings of the Chester County MH/IDD Advisory Board, Adult Mental Health Subcommittee, and ID Subcommittee/Self-Determination are open to the public and are currently being held in personal with an option to attend virtually. Meetings begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. If you would like to attend a meeting virtually please e-mail Tyree Lewis at [email protected]

2021 Board Meeting Dates

  • March 25, 2021
  • July 22, 2021 - MH/IDD Advisory Board will return to in-person meetings at the GSC with a virtual option for this meeting. 
  • September 23, 2021
  • November 18, 221

  Executive Subcommittee Members

  • Dr. Veda Maany - Chair
  • Blake Jessica Emmanuel - Vice-Chair
  • Vacant - Secretary

Adult Mental Health Subcommittee

  • Meets Quarterly - 2nd Monday of March, June, September and December
  • Staff: MHIDD Deputy Director, Candy Craig
  • Board Representatives: Vacant

ID Subcommittee/Self-Determination

  • Meets 1st Wednesday each month
  • Staff: MHIDD Deputy Director, Lauren House
  • Board Representative: Vacant

2020-2021 Advisory Board Members

  • Dr. Veda Maany - Chair
  • Blake Jessica Emmanuel - Vice Chair
  • Phillip A. Lawson, Ph.D.
  • Donald R. Altemus, MS,CPS,CRS
  • Reverend Francis Chester
  • David B. Klein
  • Peter Urscheler
  • Kyle R. Finucane
  • Michelle Kichline, Chester County Commissioner
  • Dr. Barry Berger
  • Vacant (3)

Purpose of the Board

  • Review and evaluate needs, services, facilities, and special problems
  • Develop annual plans for mental health and intellectual disability programs
  • Make recommendations regarding MH/IDD services in the county, including service contracts and the funds required to implement the program
  • Review program performance and recommend a system of program evaluation
  • Recommend candidates for the position of MH/IDD Administrator
  • Each subcommittee reviews issues on planning and evaluating services and needs, and makes recommendations to the Advisory Board.