Valerie Vicari, Acting Deputy Secretary
Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
P. O. Box 2675
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2675
OMHSAS Receptionist: 717-787-6443
Responsible for administering all state-funded behavioral health services ranging from community to hospital programs. Focuses the OMHSAS effort on recovery from serious mental and emotional illnesses through community-based services. These services are designed to allow children, adolescents, and adults to break the cycle of repeated hospitalization or residential admissions.
Phil Mader, Director
Responsible for implementing and monitoring the community-based services and the unified service system initiative through collaboration with the county administrative offices. Also responsible for overseeing and directing the effective and efficient operations of the commonwealth-operated psychiatric hospitals (state mental hospitals) and South Mountain Restoration Center.
Michelle Zirilli, Director
Responsible for budget development/monitoring of the community mental health program, HealthChoices behavioral health program, state mental hospitals, and OMHSAS headquarters operations. Also responsible for human resources, business partner data support, internet communications, procurement, telecommunications, Medicaid financial support and review, and Mental Health Community Support Services.
Shaye Erhard, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary
Assists the deputy secretary with internal executive activities of the office, including personnel, policy and program functions; development of reports and briefing materials; and project management. Serves as OMHSAS liaison to outside entities. Serves as liaison on legislative issues and requests. Represents the deputy secretary on stakeholder activities working to promote recovery and resiliency based collaborations. Oversees and serves as lead for the OMHSAS Mental Health Planning Council.
Kendra Snuffer, Chief of Staff
Responsible for coordinating the supervision of all office program components and special initiatives to improve and/or modernize services provided. Serves as a key member of the executive team, working with the deputy secretary to identify, emphasize, discuss and resolve issues impacting services. Establishes goals and objectives to implement the office’s strategic plan; develops and implements policies and procedures; and provides leadership and coordination to office program managers to ensure that all programs are providing high-quality services.
Dr. Mahmood Usman, Medical Director
Serves as Chief Medical Officer for the state mental hospital system, and as Chief Clinical Officer with oversight of the HealthChoices program. HealthChoices is a managed care program currently covering more than 70 percent of the medical assistance enrollees across the commonwealth. The medical director leads quality assurance activities and directs clinical programming by implementing "best practices" in clinical psychiatry and addiction treatment for the hospitals.
Shannon Fagan, Acting Director
Responsible for performing a full range of planning and developmental functions -- these include managed care design and development, service system design and development, policy and program development, state and county planning, and human resource development within OMHSAS.
Scott Talley, Acting Director
Responsible for the policy, program, and operations of the Children’s Behavioral Health delivery system. The Bureau of Children's Services promotes the emotional well-being of children and ensures that children with emotional disorders live, learn, work, and thrive in their communities.
Amanda Roth, Acting Director
Responsible for the development, oversight and direction of the quality management program. Also responsible for associated data management and data reporting functions. The Quality Management program provides the framework for OMHSAS to assess and improve the quality of publicly funded behavioral health administrative services, clinical systems, and clinical care. Oversees management and execution of Medicaid provider functions and PROMISe system for behavioral health services. Oversees operation of Medicaid fee for service (FFS) authorization processes.
Jason de Manincor, Director
Responsible for oversight of mental health and drug and alcohol services in 20 eastern region counties. Directs the operations of the Scranton and Norristown field offices. Field offices are responsible for licensure, county plan review, HealthChoices oversight, and day-to-day county government interface.
Kellie Wayda, Director
Responsible for oversight of mental health and drug and alcohol services in 47 western region counties. Directs the operations of the Harrisburg and Pittsburgh field offices. Offices are responsible for licensure, county plan review, HealthChoices oversight, and day-to-day county government interface
Scott Ashenfelter, Community Program Manager
Manages the Southeast field Office in Norristown. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, oversight of 5 counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania (Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, Chester and Philadelphia). This field office handles the licensure of mental health programs and collaboration with Norristown State Hospital.
Leigh Ann Ksiazek, Community Program Manager
Manages the Scranton field office. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, oversight of 15 counties in northeastern Pennsylvania. The 15 counties served by the Scranton field Office are Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and Wyoming. This field office handles the licensure of mental health programs and collaboration with Clarks Summit, Danville and Wernersville State Hospitals.
Richard Latsko, Community Program Manager
Manages the Pittsburgh field office. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, oversight of 23 counties in western Pennsylvania. The 23 counties served by the Pittsburgh field office are Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango, Warren, Washington, and Westmoreland. This field office handles the licensure of mental health programs and collaboration with Warren and Torrence state hospitals.
Scott Liddick, Community Program Manager
Manages the Harrisburg field office. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, oversight of 24 counties in central Pennsylvania. The 24 counties served by the Harrisburg field office are Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Somerset, Union, and York. This field office handles the licensure of mental health programs and collaboration with Danville, Torrance and Wernersville state hospitals.
Shirley Sowizral, CEO
The CEO is responsible for the 24-hour treatment of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness who have been court-committed from Adams, Berks, Lancaster, York, and Lebanon counties
Edna I. McCutcheon, CEO
This chief executive officer has responsibility for the 24-hour treatment of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Administers a large residential facility in the Southeast Region of Pennsylvania.
Valerie Vicari, CEO
With a capacity of 233, the hospital provides recovery-focused inpatient services for individuals from 10 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania (Armstrong, Indiana, Blair, Butler, Bedford, Somerset, Cambria, Fayette, Westmoreland and six townships in Allegheny). Torrance also operates the Sexual Responsibility and Treatment Program (SRTP) for the entire commonwealth.
Theresa Long, CEO
Provides leadership, organization, coordination, and direction of all facility services for this 185 bed inpatient state psychiatric hospital in north central Pennsylvania.
Monica Bradbury, CEO
Has been a CEO since 2010, providing leadership, organization, and direction of all facility services for the 226 bed inpatient state psychiatric hospital. The hospital is nine miles from Scranton and serves 11 counties in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Charlotte Uber, CEO
Provides leadership, coordination, and direction to an organization which facilitates and supports the recovery process for individuals with severe mental illness. WaSH serves 13 counties in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Alicia Elvidge, CEO
As the chief executive officer at South Mountain Restoration Center, Elvidge is charged with the general administration of the facility, a long-term care facility committed to providing the highest quality of care for its residents in a safe, supportive environment with the goal of maximizing their potential.