Instilling hope.
Inspiring change.
Building community. 

  • Serving the community since 1955.

    Penn Foundation provides compassionate, responsive, and innovative care that addresses the mental health, substance use, and intellectual disability needs of the community.    
  • Instilling hope.

    Each year, we partner with more than 10,000 individuals and families to help them realize their fullest mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health.  
  • Inspiring change.

    Recognizing that every person is unique, we provide quality care and personalized attention to every client.    
  • Building community.

    We work closely with primary care physicians, schools, churches, businesses, and others to ensure that we are providing coordinated care that meets the needs of the whole person - mind, body, and spirit.  
  • You choose the path. Together, we'll share the journey.

    We strongly believe in the resiliency of the human spirit and the ability of every individual to live a meaningful life. We partner with individuals and families to help them realize their recovery and life goals in the community.
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Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

Our counseling services for adults offer a variety of treatment approaches to address both individual and family life difficulties and emotional disorders for persons 18 years of age or older. We individualize therapy to meet the unique needs of each person and/or family.

Our treatment model builds upon the individual's and/or family's strengths. Each adult client is actively encouraged to participate in the development of his/her individualized treatment plan which lists goals and objectives that will provide the direction for ongoing treatment.  We also offer counseling from a Christian perspective.

For more information about our counseling services or to schedule a first-time appointment, please contact Client Registration at 267.404.5847 or clientregistration@pennfoundation.org.


Services

Initial Assessment
We will ask you several questions to evaluate your problem and develop treatment recommendations. You will be asked to help write your treatment plan, which will list your personal goals and the steps you agree to take to reach these goals.

Psychological Evaluations
At times, psychological tresting is recommended by your mental health professional to better understand your problem or the testing may be requested by other programs to determine your eligibility for those services.

Psychiatric Evaluations
During this evaluation, the doctor will ask questions about your problem and the symptoms you have been experiencing. Medication may be prescribed as part of your treatment. You will be provided with information about each medicine prescribed, including benefits and possible side effects.

Medication Management
You will be asked to schedule regular 15 minute visits with a psychiatrist after you start taking medication. Your doctor will want to know if the medication has been helpful and if you are experiencing any side effects.

Individual, Family, and Marital Counseling
Treatment can be one-on-one with a mental health professional, marriage counseling with your significant other, or family counseling involving everyone from your family in treatment. A combination of treatments may be recommended.

Group Counseling
Your mental health professional may recommend attending a group with others working on similar problems. Groups offer education and the opportunity to problem-solve with suggestions and feedback from other group members.


You choose the path. Together, we’ll share the journey.

As we travel together, our Mental Health Case Management Team is available to provide support, encouragement, and practical assistance.

Through this partnership, we can:

  • Building a trusting relationship
  • Discover ways to reach your life goals
  • Access resources to support your recovery
  • Develop your sense of community belonging
  • Create opportunities for meaningful living

Case Management believes that all people have the potential for growth and an improved quality of life. Our team partners with children, adolescents, and adults to realize their recovery and life goals in the community.

Available support includes links to and use of community resources, assistance in navigating systems such as schools, public welfare, social security, and behavioral health treatment, and life coaching. In addition to the office, services are provided in homes and other community settings.


Levels of Working Partnerships


Administrative Case Management

  • Primarily office-based, short-term, and less intensive
  • Support involves linkage to community resources, including housing, public welfare and social security benefits, medication affordability programs, vocational rehabilitation providers, and behavioral health treatment
  • Available for residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties
  • No referral form needed; services are free

For additional information regarding Administrative Case Management, contact Lisa Kauffman at 267.404.5070 or lkauffman@pennfoundation.orgThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Blended Case Management

  • Primarily community-based and offers more intensive support than Administrative Case Management
  • Available for children and adolescents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties
  • Referral form required and applicants must meet state-regulated eligibility criteria.
  • Services are free, but priority is given to children and adolescents who are insured through Medical Assistance.

For additional information regarding Blended Case Management services, contact Jane Straw at 267.404.5740 or jstraw@pennfoundation.orgThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Recovery Coaching

  • A model of Case Management in which staff members work in teams to partner with adults in reaching self-defined goals in order to achieve the life they desire
  • Teams have access to consultation with therapists and psychiatrists
  • Working partnership is primarily community-based
  • Available to adults aged 18 and over who are residents of Bucks or Montgomery County
  • Referral form is required and applicants must meet state eligibility requirements
  • Free service, although priority is given to applicants insured with Medical Assistance


For additional information regarding Recovery Coaching services, contact Amanda Grosso at 267.404.5700 or agrosso@pennfoundation.org.

 

Peer Support

Peer Support is a unique program partnering certified peer specialists with individuals receiving behavioral health services.

Peer specialists are unique in that they draw upon and share their own personal experiences to assist the individual in his/her recovery from mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use issues. Peer specialists model recovery and engage with individuals to assist them in creating their personal recovery plans.

Contact with peer specialists is based on level of need but is typically every week or every other week. Support is completely participant-driven and can include:

  • Addressing Housing Issues
  • Finding a Job
  • Getting Out Into/Becoming Part of the Community
  • Personal Empowerment
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Socialization Opportunities

For more information about Peer Support, contact Jane Straw at 215.257.2114 or jstraw@pennfoundation.org.

Elder mediation is a specialized field of mediation focusing on conflicts that arise in the context of aging.

It encourages and promotes direct communication among members of your family and seeks to create an environment where all participants have an opportunity to speak and be heard and work together to resolve issues.

Elder mediation advocates for mutual respect and may prevent further family tension, division, estrangement, or the need for litigation.

Mediation can help with issues such as:

Health/Medical Care Decisions
Who should provide care? What care is needed? Who should make medical decisions? End of life decisions.

Financial/Legal Matters
How should money be spent? Who is in control of the money? Who should be agent under Power of Attorney?

Living Arrangements
Where? With whom? Who decides? How much independence/supervision?

Family Relationships
How should the family deal with sibling rivalries, separation, divorce, new spouse or companion, death of spouse/caregiver, or other changes in
relationships?

Respite Care/Support for Caregivers
How to share caregiving responsibilities? Increased understanding of caregiver stress and limitations.

Decision-Making
Who should have authority to make decisions? What input, if any, should others have?

Needs of Other Family Members
Dependent children, grandparents caring for grandchildren, career demands, reimbursement for services, visitation.

Less Restrictive Alternatives to Guardianship
What alternatives exist? If a guardian is needed, who should it be?

Divorce mediation is a cooperative process in responsible problem-solving that calls upon the best attributes of each partner to build a lasting agreement that is suitable to their needs and lives.

By working with a trained mediator and licensed counselors, the experience is much less stressful and emotional for those involved. It is also less expensive and faster than the traditional divorce process because the divorcing couple pays one mediator instead of two attorneys.

If children are involved, divorce mediation enables the divorcing parents to remain in charge of their children’s interests and needs and to construct a cooperative parenting plan.

Grim, Biehn & Thatcher Divorce and Family Mediation Services

  • 4 sessions with both members of divorcing couple
  • First session - discuss overview and goals of mediation process
  • Second session - discuss custody and support process
  • Third and Fourth sessions - introduce, discuss, and finalize memoranda of understanding on custody, support, and property distribution issues


EAP Family Counseling Services

Couples with Children

  • 4 counseling sessions; the first and fourth of which are joint and the second and third of which are individual
  • Sessions will focus on co-parenting, communication and problem solving, signs of distress in children, debriefing the trauma associated with the loss of marriage; and the process of addressing and reaching agreement on future issues related to the children


Couples without Children

  • 2 individual sessions for both members of the divorcing couple
  • Sessions will focus on debriefing the loss of marriage, normalizing responses, exploring the level of adjustment and acceptance, assessing which stage of divorce client is experiencing and identifying tasks needed to be worked on

In partnership with the Law Firm of Grim, Biehn & Thatcher,  Penn Foundation's Employee Assistance Program is offering divorce and elder mediation services to the community. You do not have to work for an EAP-member company to access these services.

To learn more about these services or to make an appointment, call the EAP office at 215.257.6556 or 800.616.9248.

HealthConnections helps individuals improve their physical and behavioral health care by working as a team with their primary care practitioner (PCP), their other physical and behavioral health care providers, and their physical and behavioral health care plans.

Participants work closely with a Nurse Navigator and Behavioral Health Navigator who will:

  • Make sure all of their health care providers and plans work together, ensuring that they get the health care services they need, when they need them
  • Collaborate with their health care providers to develop a personal wellness plan based on their health profile
  • Look at all the medications they take to make sure they are safe to take together and are not causing problems. The Navigator will also help to ensure that medications are refilled as necessary and will send reminders if medications have not been refilled.
  • Provide education about quitting tobacco, healthy eating, exercise, fitness, and general wellness
  • Arrange travel to appointments
  • Help if hospital care is needed. The Navigator will work with the individual and the hospital to make sure that he/she gets better as soon as possible and receives the care and services needed after leaving the hospital.

You can participate in HealthConnections if you have Medicaid or if you have both Medicare AND Medicaid as your physical health plan. Please contact Maureen Gingerich Bergey at 267.404.5774 for an individual eligibility assessment

Peer Support is a unique program partnering certified peer specialists with individuals receiving behavioral health services.

Peer specialists are unique in that they draw upon and share their own personal experiences to assist the individual in his/her recovery from mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use issues.  Peer specialists model recovery and engage with individuals to assist them in creating their personal recovery plans.

Contact with peer specialists is based on level of need but is typically every week or every other week. Support is completely participant-driven and can include:

  • Addressing Housing Issues
  • Finding a Job
  • Getting Out Into/Becoming Part of the Community
  • Personal Empowerment
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Socialization Opportunities

For more information about Peer Support, contact Jane Straw at 215.257.2114 or jstraw@pennfoundation.org.

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) provides consultation services for the Student Assistance Programs in the secondary schools of three local districts:

  • Quakertown Community School District
  • Palisades School District
  • Pennridge School District

The SAP coordinator provides these schools with the means to identify and refer students who are "at-risk" for developing emotional, mental, or substance use problems.

Free assessments are offered to students and their families to determine if the student has a problem and if so, the SAP coordinator provides recommendations and referrals for further treatment.

For more information about SAP, contact either your child's school or Penn Foundation's SAP Coordinator, Lois Dodson, at 215.453.5177 or ldodson@pennfoundation.org.

Our counseling services for children and adolescents* offer a variety of treatment approaches to address childhood and adolescent difficulties and emotional issues. Family participation is actively encouraged in the development of an individualized treatment plan, which lists goals and objectives for the direction of treatment.

We provide psychological and psychiatric evaluations; individual, family, and group counseling; play therapy; and medication management. We also offer faith-based counseling.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Client Registration at 267.404.5847.

* We DO NOT get involved in child custody issues. We have found that custody issues distract from the treatment process and court appearances require that other clients' appointment times must be cancelled. Counties have designated specific court-appointed psychologist to provide evaluations in custody disputes.

Penn Gardens is a Section 8/202 property. Each of the twenty one-bedroom units of Penn Gardens has an occupancy standard limited to one low-income adult (age eighteen years of age or older) who has a severe and persistent mental illness but who has been judged by professionals as being capable of independent living in the community. Tenants live independently with support available through Recovery Coaching, Residential Services Alumni programs, Wellspring Clubhouse, among other area supports.

Income limits for residency are established by the federal government and are identified as being "Very Low" or "Extremely Low" by area standards. Based on a resident's verified personal income, s/he pays a calculated portion of the unit's gross market rent and HUD subsidizes the remainder.

Applications for residency are available at Penn Gardens (612 S Main Street, Sellersville, PA) or may be requested by phone (215.257.5074). However, applications are only accepted during "open enrollment" periods with the Waiting List closed to new applicants at such times that the wait for an available unit is longer than one year. 

For more information, contact Tammy McCarthy or Tara Detweiler at 215.257.5074.

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