October, 2019
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from Chester County Department of MH/IDD
Clinical Research Offers Treatment Options
When psychiatrist Shivkumar Hatti began his clinical practice in Media, Pennsylvania almost 40 years ago, his focus was treating patients with psychiatric disorders. Although he prescribed medications to help ease symptoms, he said he never thought much about the research required to develop the drugs his patients needed.

Today, as the principal investigator and CEO of Suburban Research Associates, Hatti, pictured here, is helping to discover new drugs to treat mental health conditions. He was recently featured on CBS channel 3 in Philadelphia for a promising new drug treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The new drug, made by Biohaven Pharaceuticals, targets a brain chemical called glutamate, rather than the traditional OCD drugs that target brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine.

“The drug works on the symptoms of anxiety. If the anxiety comes down, compulsion to perform an activity will also come down,” Hatti said in his television interview.  See full article .
Since 1990, the first full week of October has been designated National Mental Illness Awareness Week. In 2019, this observance is recognized October 6-12 as a way to educate the public about mental health conditions, fight the stigma around mental illness and provide support for those who may be struggling.

Find out more about this observance at the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) website .
Take A Mental Health Day
at West Chester University, October 8
This annual event at West Chester University on October 8 will feature two nationally recognized speakers. Jordan Burnham, picture above left, will share his story of surviving a suicide attempt, fighting depression, and finding recovery from 3:30 to 4:30 at Sykes Student Union.

That evening, Tonier “Neen” Cain, above right, will tell of her emergence from drug addiction, multiple incarcerations and two decades of homelessness to become a tireless advocate and educator on the devastating impact of childhood abuse and the need to rethink how we treat the shattered adults severely traumatized children become. Cain's presentation, beginning at 5:00 PM requires a ticket and is followed by at panel discussion. Click here for information and tickets.
Become a Certified Mental Health First Aider!

In 8 hours, this nationally recognized program teaches individuals how to:

  • recognize emotional distress
  • offer support and comfort
  • take constructive action

Free classes are scheduled now! Click on the date for details and registration information.

Governor Wolf's Statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force
Holding Listening Session In Radnor Township November 15

Because suicide does not discriminate, impacting all ages, genders, regions and socioeconomic statuses, the Wolf Administration is holding Listening Sessions throughout Pennsylvania this fall. The goal is to bring together state agencies with differing responsibilities and constituencies to provide input and ideas that will inform a comprehensive, statewide suicide prevention plan.

On Friday, November 15 from 10 AM until noon, there will be a listening session at the Radnor Township Building in Delaware County. Those wishing to attend can register here .
Suicide Prevention Symposium
This 16th Annual Regional Symposium is
hosted by the Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force

November 21, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Springfield Country Club, 400 W. Sproul Road 
Springfield PA 19064

New Support Group at Crossroads Recovery Center
825 Paoli Pike, West Chester


Every Wednesday, 1 - 2 PM

Children and Adults with
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Chester County's CHADD Chapter offers resources and support for individuals and families impacted by ADHD. Monthly meetings are held at Kesher Israel Synagogue, 1000 Pottstown Pike, West Chester.

The next meeting, on Wednesday, October 16 will feature Diane Perry from the PEAL Center to talk about creating a strong IEP for your child. Visit Chester County website to learn about other meetings and speakers, support groups and the International ADHD Conference being held in Philadelphia on November 7 - 9. 
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Free QPR Class at Downingtown Area Recreation Consortium (DARC) on October 16.

System of Care Advisory Team Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 17 from 9:00 - 10:30 AM at the Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester. Room 175

ChescoLife is a countywide program that supports families who have a child or adolescent that struggles with emotional, behavioral, social needs, intellectual disabilities, and/or involvement with dependency or delinquency systems.

The Center for Families in Malvern has free peer and parent support groups.

Chester County's Meetings and support groups . Please contact us if you have changes or additions.

Charting a Lifecourse - What's your vision of a good life? Learn about the Lifecourse tools, offered at no cost.

Chester County Refer web - a user-friendly database for social services.
Chester County Department of Mental Health / Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA


Chester County Commissioners
Administrator: Linda Cox
Deputy Administrator: Candy Craig