Mental Health & Developmental Services Advisory Board

Overview

As found in both the Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities Act of 1966 as well as the Department of Human Services (DHS)  4200 Regulation, the duties of the County Mental Health and Developmental Services Advisory Board are to: 

  • Develop, together with the administrator, annual plans required for Mental Health and Developmental Services
  • Recommend to local authorities not less than two persons for the position of administrator
  • Recommend to the local authorities regarding the program and any other matters relating to mental health and developmental services in the county, including purchase of service contracts and funds required to implement the program
  • Review and evaluate the County Mental Health and Developmental Services’ needs, services, facilities and special problems in relation to the local health and welfare needs, services and programs
  • Review performance under Mental Health and Developmental Services and recommends a system of program evaluation

Meetings

Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health and Developmental Services (MHDS) Advisory Board 2024 Meeting Schedule

Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health and Developmental Services announces the Advisory Board meeting schedule for 2024.  Meetings are held in-person and virtually via Microsoft Teams.   In-person meetings are conducted at Luzerne-Wyoming Counties MHDS Office, 111 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 300, Wilkes-Barre, PA, in the 3rd Floor Conference Room #1 of the rear building.  The Wyoming County Commissioners will host the May meeting at the Wyoming County Court House, Commissioners Meeting Room, 1 Court House Square, Tunkhannock, PA.  

Meetings begin at 4 p.m. 

Thursday, March 28
Thursday, May 23
Thursday, September 26
Thursday, December 5

 The public is invited to attend. Please call the MHDS Office at the numbers listed below regarding virtual attendance.   The in-person meeting locations are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Please notify the MHDS Office at 570-408-1340 or 1-800-816-1880, ext. 1340, no later than 48 hours in advance if special accommodations are required.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Members

  • Commissioner Thomas S. Henry – Chair (Wyoming County)
    Term expires: December 31, 2025
    Group Represented: Wyoming County Commissioners

  • Linda Loop  - Vice Chair (Luzerne County)
    Term expires: December 31, 2026
    Group Represented: Community groups whose membership represents the economically, socially and culturally disadvantaged

  • Craig Mark – Secretary (Luzerne County)
    Term expires: December 31, 2026
    Group represented: Religion

  • Councilwoman Joanna Bryn Smith, Esq. (Luzerne County) 
    Term Expires:  December 31, 2023
    Group Represented:  Luzerne County Council

  • Scott Crispell (Luzerne County) 
    Term expires:  December 31, 2024
    Group represented: Local citizens’ organizations active in the field of Developmental Services
  • Raelene Daring (Luzerne County)
    Term expires: December 31, 2025
    Group represented:  Education

  • Christopher Fragassi, MD (Luzerne County)
    Term expires:  December 31, 2025
    Group Represented:  Physicians (Psychiatrist)

  • Dr. Melissa Littleton (Luzerne County)
    Term expires: December 31, 2025
    Group Represented: Local health and welfare planning organizations

  • Jillian Matyjevich  (Luzerne County)   
    Term expires:  December 31, 2024
    Group represented:  Nursing

  • Tom O'Neill (Luzerne County)
    Term expires: December 31, 2026
    Group Represented: Education

  • David G Wilson (Wyoming County)
    Term expires: December 31, 2024
    Group Represented: Social Work


Open Positions

There are two open positions on this Board representing the following field(s):

•    Local citizens’ organizations active in the field of mental health/consumer representative (1)

•    At least two physicians, and where possible, one shall be a psychiatrist and the other a
     pediatrician (1)