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Penn Foundation Names New Director of Crisis Services

Penn Foundation has named Wendy Shapiro as its new Director of Crisis Services. With a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Arcadia University, Shapiro brings over 20 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare field to her new position.

Prior to joining Penn Foundation, Shapiro was the Director of Children’s Mental Health Case Management at Lenape Valley Foundation, where she worked for almost 10 years. Before that, she worked as the Program Coordinator for Horsham Clinic’s Bucks County Child and Adolescent Partial Program.

“Wendy is well-acquainted with the behavioral health systems in Bucks and Montgomery Counties as well as the regional options for higher levels of care,” says Karen Kern, Executive Director of Mental Health Services at Penn Foundation. “She brings much enthusiasm and valuable healthcare experience to her new position.”

“I am very excited about my position as the Director of Crisis Services at Penn Foundation,” says Shapiro. “I am able to help people access the services and supports they need so that they hopefully do not experience another crisis. Many times, Crisis is the first interaction that a person or family has with the mental health system. If that experience is positive, the person or family is more likely to continue treatment.”

Shapiro takes over as Director of Crisis Services for Debra Ryan, who has transitioned into the role of Director of Business Development.

Penn Foundation’s Crisis Services are located in the Emergency Department at Grand View Hospital, Trained crisis workers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer supportive problem solving strategies for mental health and substance use emergencies. To contact Crisis Services, call 215.257.6551.

Founded in 1955 and located on a 30-acre campus in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, Penn Foundation is a not-for-profit organization providing innovative services to address the mental health, substance use, and intellectual disability needs of individuals in our community. The agency serves over 10,000 children, adolescents, and adults each year, offering a wide-range of distinct programs designed to meet various types and levels of mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual healthcare needs. Penn Foundation’s tradition of compassionate care combined with a strong belief in the healing power of hope and the possibility of recovery enables it to help individuals navigate their lives with confidence, conviction, and courage.


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