“To keep the lights on” has been the words used by Walter Gordon to describe the primary job of the PMHC Board of Directors. Mr. Gordon or “Walt” has been doing that, and so much more, in the 39 years that he has been an active member of the Board and 18 of those years as Board President.
Walt has been a loyal and enthusiastic supporter of Penndel Mental Health Center. He has been steadfast in not only making sure that the lights stay on, but also ensuring that we uphold our Mission and give the best and most professional behavioral health and intellectual disabilities treatment, services and supports to the Lower Bucks County community.
It is with appreciation and admiration to Walt’s 39 years of service to our Agency that we acknowledge his decision to step down as Board President.
And so, at the Annual meeting on April 12th – for the first time since 2004 – a new Board President was voted in. We welcome William Massinger as Board President and say a heartfelt Thank You to Walt Gordon for his many dedicated years of service.
We will continue to keep the lights on.
In an effort to move the agency forward, we are introducing Juneteenth as a holiday acknowledged and celebrated by Penndel Mental Health Center.
Juneteenth (officially Juneteenth National Independence Day) commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture. Juneteenth’s commemoration is on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas, which was the last state of the Confederacy with institutional slavery.
Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th, therefore, the agency will be closed in observance of Juneteenth on Monday, June 20th.
In addition, we will host in house celebrations on holidays such as Martin Luther King Day and Veterans Day.
We, as an Agency, try every day to make lives better for our clients, our employees and each other. Our efforts are not always overtly visible and we may not always succeed, but we will always commit to trying.
The Cares Cupboard at Penndel Mental Health Center was recently restocked thanks to the generous donation from Wawa. PMHC is grateful to have this partnership with Wawa as we battle food insecurity in Bucks County. If you would like to make a donation to Cares Cupboard you can contact Judy McCoy at 267-587-2369. If you need assistance from The Cares Cupboard you can call 215-757-8611 Monday thru Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm.
Karen Graff presents Bucks County Commissioner Robert J. Harvie Jr. a welcome packet as he tours the main center facility. Mr. Harvie spent time meeting and interacting with staff at PMHC.
COVID-19 Update (FEBRUARY 2022): Please be assured that the health and safety of PMHC employees and clients remains our top priority. Our executive management and operational leaders continue to monitor the advice of the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization and other health agencies in Bucks County and in Pennsylvania.
So as to comply with the most current guidance offered by the CDC, we will continue our policy of expecting all employees, guests, visitors, clients, etc. to wear masks or face coverings while inside all of our buildings. While in our buildings everyone must adhere to social distancing of at least 6 feet.
Our buildings are not yet operating at 100% capacity, so we continue to offer a combination of on-site and virtual services at Main Center, 919 Durham Road and Cabot Boulevard.
As of JANUARY 20, 2022, intake assessments were temporarily suspended. Please call 215-752-1541 and follow the prompts to hear options for obtaining an Intake Assessment at another facility or to get information on other services.
Though PMHC is now conducting therapy sessions and medication visits on-site, we are still utilizing the option for clients to obtain treatment through telehealth. Clients and families should consult with their prescriber and/or therapist to determine the best course of treatment going forward. All non-essential face-to-face treatment can still be provided virtually.
The Acute Partial Hospital program, the Transitional Outpatient Program (TOP) and all Outpatient Group therapy are being provided on-site, though sometimes with limited participants, so as to adhere to the updated social distancing standards.
The following outreach services will continue to operate through a combination of community-based, face-to-face and virtual/telehealth sessions and visits.
The Assertive Community Treatment Team and the Forensic (FSP) Community Treatment Team continue to operate in the community.
Our Cares Cupboard Food Pantry is open to all residents of Bucks County.
Crisis services continue to be available 24/7 by calling Lenape Valley Crisis Center at 1-800-499-7455.
As we have seen before, new cases of the COVID-19 virus can often surge, as we have seen with the new omicron variant. Please be assured that the health and safety of PMHC employees and clients remains our top priority and therefore, it may be necessary to modify our services, office hours, etc. Please continue to check back for updates.
Thank you United Way for your generous PPE donations!!