GREENSBURG (October 28) – The Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners today renamed the county’s Mental Health and Mental Retardation program. The new name, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, better reflects the quality of services and progress made by individuals and families receiving assistance through the county office.
“Westmoreland County provides outstanding programs, treatments and therapies for both children and adults with special needs to help them achieve their full potential. It’s time our name reflects those quality services and not outdated stigmas,” said Commissioner Ted Kopas. “While this name change may seem superficial to some, I know that it means much to families who work so hard to help their loved ones with special needs and who do not need to be reminded of negative terminology and stereotypes.”
“Only our name has changed. Services will remain the same,” said Kathy Wohlgemuth, Behavioral Heath and Developmental Services Administrator. “We will continue to lead the effort to promote skill-building, self-growth, employment opportunities, independent or supportive living, and inclusion in our schools and our community.”
Westmoreland County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services focuses on programs that are recovery oriented, and promote choice, hope, growth and integration into the community. The office works with more than 40 contracted providers to implement a wide variety of services including behavioral health treatment, habilitation, case management, employment programs, early intervention, peer mentoring, residential services and supports, crisis programs, drop-in centers, advocacy and family supports, and more.
The office has 30 employees and an annual budget of $80 million. It operates with the assistance of a volunteer advisory board that worked closely with staff and the commissioners to initiate the name change.
For more information about Westmoreland County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, visit www.co.westmoreland.pa.us .
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