Philadelphia Mental Health Center (PMHC) was founded by Dr. Edward K. Parnes in 1953 as a not-for-profit organization to provide affordable professional mental health services Philadelphia.

We have a proud history. Our first Board of Directors included Pearl S. Buck, a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner, along with Dr. Theodor Reik, a famous student of Dr. Sigmund Freud. In 1963, PMHC began the first 24/7 crisis line for emergency mental health services in the United States.

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Dr. Edward K. Parnes founded PMHC in 1953.

As PMHC evolved, it developed a specialty treating children on the autism spectrum. In 2007, PMHC opened its Northeast Philadelphia Branch, which hosts the After-School Autism Program (ASAP), a specialized year-round therapeutic program for children 5-12 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

PMHC offers a variety of services: psychological and psychiatric testing and evaluations (including a comprehensive autism evaluation), children’s community based services such as Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS), individual and group therapies, and mobile mental health for adults. We also provide psychiatric services and medication management. We offer family and marriage counseling to the families of children who receive care from us and provide a variety of social skills and support groups, including a therapeutic After-School Program for elementary school children.

All of our staff at PMHC are highly qualified professionals at the Master’s, Doctoral or MD level, and all are trained to work with children in order to provide specialized care at the highest standards.

We strive for excellence as we compassionately partner with families to serve their children in need.

Welcome to PMHC!

Our Mission

Welcome to The Philadelphia Mental Health Center! From our modest beginnings in 1953, we have grown from a very small private outpatient clinic in Center City Philadelphia to a leading Behavioral Health Facility serving three distinct regional areas: Center City Philadelphia, Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County.  Our locations provide outpatient and community based services, and we run a therapeutic After-School Autism Program at our Philadelphia locations.

While our compassionate, comprehensive and holistic services for both children and their families encompass many behavioral health issues, we have a true specialty in Autism.

As we look to the future, our services continue to flex and expand in order to serve the needs of our population. Along with traditional services, we offer a Comprehensive Autism Evaluation. We have also developed unique social skills groups for children and adults who reside on the Autism Spectrum, including basic communication skills for children and young adults with Asperger’s, toddler groups, teen groups, sibling groups and parent groups.

Our clinical philosophy is diverse at PMHC and we are enriched by a team of Master’s and Doctoral-level clinicians who are expertly trained in ABA, DIR, Theory of Mind, and Cognitive, Behavioral and Psychodynamic Therapies. We currently have three child psychiatrists at our Pine Street location, one with a specialty in infants and toddlers with Autism.

We are pleased to network and collaborate with other institutions. We accept doctoral interns via the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) program, and interns from the Jefferson University School of Occupational Therapy and Temple University’s Center for Social Policy & Community Development. We also provide services for Bristol Township School District, ESY and we collaborate with the Bucks County Intermediate Unit.

Autism has reached startling proportions. It is clear that we must pool our resources to accomplish the daunting task ahead of us. PMHC will continue to move toward partnering with those willing to take on the challenge of supporting children and families in need.

Kerey Ruggiero
Executive Director
Philadelphia Mental Health Center

Our Directors

Kerey Parnes (Ruggiero)

Chief Executive Officer

P: (215) 598-0223

Kerey Parnes was literally raised at PMHC as her father, Dr. Edward Parnes, was its founder and first Executive Director. Kerey completed a BA at Vassar College in 1979, and was then trained as a Freudian Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at the Psychoanalytic Studies Institute in Philadelphia, where she earned her certificate in 1983.

She had a private practice treating adults in Philadelphia and Doylestown for over 10 years. She was the Outpatient Director, Quality Assurance Manager and then the Assistant Director of PMHC, before taking her position as Executive Director of PMHC in 1999.

In her 16 years as CEO, Kerey has grown and transformed the agency to focus on the needs of children and their families in Philadelphia and surrounding Counties. She also developed PMHC’s specialty in family-focused treatment for children and adults on the Autism Spectrum.

Jordan K. Weisman

Vice President, Clinical Operations

P: (215) 735-9379 x218

Jordan brings over 20 years of direct care experience in the field of behavioral health to his leadership position at PMHC. As a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Jordan has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, providing facility-based individual and group therapies and community-based therapeutic services to clients spanning the life continuum.

As the Vice President, Clinical Operations at PMHC, Jordan is in charge of all clinical services at PMHC, while also providing both individual therapy employing a cognitive behavioral modality, and forensic assessments to children, adolescents, and young adults exhibiting severe behavioral dysfunction.
He is a Team Leader for the Community Response Team and a trainer/ coach for the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health’s Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx) initiative.

Jordan received a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from PCOM, and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University.
He is also a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for Children and Adolescent Psychology (APA Division 53), Society for Pediatric Psychology (APA Division 54), the Juvenile Justice Alliance, and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.

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