September, 2019
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from Chester County Department of MH/IDD
Sunday, November 10 is the day!
The 2019 Self Determination Awards Luncheon
The Self Determination Awards Luncheon celebrates the accomplishments of individuals with intellectual disabilities and acknowledges them for exemplifying the principles of self determination in areas of self advocacy, community involvement, leadership, employment, responsibility and community independence. Click here for more information. Click here for the form to nominate someone for an award. Nominations are due by October 2.
Support the 2019 Self-Determination Awards Luncheon!
Join us at the Pancake Breakfast at
Applebee's in West Chester
Saturday, October 5, 8:00 - 9:45 AM
Hurry! Registration open until September 30!
Click here for more information,
or contact Jena Cavanagh at
The Arc of Chester County Chat-n-Chew Series

Bring your lunch, share information, network, and learn in this casual and welcoming environment, offered at no cost from the
Arc of Chester County. Whether you are the parent of a child, an individual with a disability or a professional who works with individuals with disabilities, these workshops can provide you with a wealth of information.

To minimize disruption to the presenters and other attendees, we will start promptly at 11:30 am and doors will close at 11:45 am. Click here for more information and to register.
Save the Date!!
2020 Everyday Lives Conference

January 7 - January 9, 2020
The Hershey Lodge
Hershey, Pennsylvania
and event details coming soon!

September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Month

Learn more about this group of conditions, caused by a woman drinking alcohol during pregnancy. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention has information on the types of FASDs, signs, symptoms and interventions.
Charting the LifeCourse
Throughout our lifespan, we all strive for more than just health and safety. Our conversations need to reflect that. We need to talk about our vision of a good life!

For more information —  or , or contact Darcy Elks, Chester County Family Advisor, PA Family Network at   or call 1-844-PAFAMILY, or 484-459-0538.
If you are interested in County of Chester Job Opportunities, please check our our current openings at this link:

Additional Resources & Trainings

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The Office of Development Programs 2019 Technology Innovation Conference - Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Valley Forge Convention Center, King of Prussia. Find out about this free conference!

Open House to Support Hope , Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-8 PM at the Downingtown Country Club. From Chester County's Suicide Prevention Task Force.

Give Kids Sight Day in Philadelphia, Saturday, October 5 from 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM.

Accessing the Child Serving Systems in Chester County  Wednesday, October 16 at the Government Services Center, West Chester.

Free training opportunities from Chester County's Department of Human Services. Interested? You must subscribe to get the class announcements.

PA Care Partnership is developing systems that care. Visit their website for training opportunities and resources.

Mental Health First Aid classes are being offered in Chester County - Check out the fliers at our website .

Refer Web - Chester County's source for human services
Chester County Department of Mental Health / Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA

Chester County Commissioners
Administrator: Linda Cox