Chester County Economic Development Council to Hold First-of-Its-Kind County Business Forum on Substance Abuse, Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

Chester County Economic Development Council to Hold First-of-Its-Kind County Business Forum on Substance Abuse, Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

MALVERN, PA — In a survey of medical personnel as well as leadership at local hospitals and health care-related companies, Health Care Connect (HCC), an initiative of the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC), found the number one concern was a shortage of services for the growing number of people facing mental health and substance abuse problems, particularly through affordable behavioral health facilities and employer-related treatment programs.

To address this public health crisis and to provide resources to regional businesses, HCC is convening health care leaders, public officials and business representatives from Chester County’s key industries for a first-of-its-kind, CCEDC Cross-Industry Forum titled Drug Addiction and Mental Health in the Workplace: Truths and Solutions on May 14, 2019 at the Cerner Campus in Malvern.

Business representatives from the county’s key industries will be in attendance, including energy, health care, manufacturing, IT/Communications, manufacturing and life sciences.

“Understanding the broader impact of this crisis across businesses and the community will enable a collective approach to solutions, and we invite representatives from every industry to attend,” says Gary Smith, CCEDC President and CEO. “We want to ensure employers can recognize the signs of substance abuse and mental health issues, approach them with compassion and be aware of practical resources for businesses and affected employees.”


Tuesday, May 14, 2019
8:30am Check-in & Breakfast, 9am-12pm Program


Cerner Malvern Campus – Auditorium, 51 Valley Stream Parkway, Malvern, Pa. 19355


Michael Noone – First Assistant District Attorney, Chester County; Co-Chair of Overdose Task Force (panelist)

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Michael Duncan – President and CEO, Chester County Hospital, Penn Medicine (panelist)

Kim Bowman – Director, Chester County Department of Human Services (panelist)

Tom Cain – President, Mirmont Treatment Center, Main Line Health (panelist)

Claire Mooney – President and CEO, Jennersville Hospital, Tower Health (facilitator)

Mike Long – Vice President and General Manager, Cerner (remarks)

Marybeth DiVincenzo – Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Chester County Economic Development Council (remarks)


  • How to recognize substance abuse and mental health issues, including for “non-show” employees
  • Practical resources available to businesses and affected employees
  • Employee Assistance Programs and why they’re falling short
  • The shortage of accessible behavioral health providers & employer-related treatment programs
  • Affordability of treatment

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 The Chester County Economic Development Council is a private, non-profit economic development organization promoting smart growth in Chester County and the surrounding region for more than 50 years. The CCEDC provides proven financing solutions, cultivates workforce talent, leverages business partnerships and fosters entrepreneurial collaboration. Together, with the support of the private and public sectors, CCEDC initiates, implements and innovates programs that improve the business community and enhance the quality of life in Chester County. For more information, visit

Health Care Connect, an initiative of the Chester County Economic Development Council, advocates for the advancement of the health care industry through training, outreach and other industry strategies. HCC is funded in part by the private sector, with grant funding received from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry through the Chester County Workforce Development Board.

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