Karen Graff has dedicated 38 years to serving the employees and clients of Penndel Mental Health Center. Ms. Graff began her career at Penndel Mental Health Center (PMHC) in 1982 as a therapist in the Partial Hospital Program. In 1986, Ms. Graff was promoted to Director of Mental Health Services, where she was responsible for overseeing several departments and programs including intake and assessment services, case management services, community residential rehabilitation programs and the newly developed children’s outreach and community programming.
The programs flourished under her leadership resulting in a promotion to Chief Operating Officer in 1996 and then to Executive Director in 2000. In this time period, PMHC tripled in size and scope and PMHC was the largest community mental health center in Lower Bucks County. PMHC has a strong reputation for being a leader in the community for innovation and consistently exhibiting high level quality of services to the clients. Ms. Graff was recognized for these achievements by being named Chief Executive Officer of PMHC in July of 2019.
Ms. Graff is an active leader in the Pennsylvania Community Providers Association (PCPA) and its successor, the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA). RCPA is an association that, through advocacy, education and support, represents providers of health and human services who are committed to effective, efficient and high quality care. Ms. Graff was elected to the Board’s Executive Committee where she served for 6 years and in 2010/2011 held the title of President of the Board of Directors. Ms. Graff played a vital role on the committee that facilitated the successful merger of PCPA and PAR, thus establishing RCPA as it stands today. Ms. Graff continues to provide leadership as an honorary Board Member.
Ms. Graff holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Therapy from the College of New Jersey and a Master Degree in Education, with specialization in Counseling Psychology, from the University of Virginia.