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James A. Laughman, M.S.W., Joins PerformCare as Executive Director for Pennsylvania

July 31, 2014
Philadelphia, PA

PerformCare, a national full-service managed behavioral health care organization, announced today that James A. Laughman, M.S.W., has joined the company as its executive director for Pennsylvania. Laughman holds a Master of Social Work degree from Temple University and is a veteran human services executive with nearly 30 years of experience specializing in the field of mental health and developmental disabilities.

Laughman most recently had the dual responsibilities of human services administrator for Lancaster County Commissioners and executive director for Lancaster County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. His responsibilities included planning, directing, organizing and overseeing publicly funded mental health and intellectual disability services. Additionally, Laughman served as a major policy advisor for human service initiatives, programs and projects while building relationships with service providers, advocacy groups, governmental entities and the private sector to obtain feedback on community needs and program performance.

As one of two representatives for Lancaster County to oversee HealthChoices, the statewide managed care program that provides Medical Assistance to approximately 900,000 Pennsylvanians, Laughman regularly sought opportunities to expand mental health services across the Commonwealth. He has been actively involved in the county's Coalition to End Homelessness and Public Health Partnership and served as acting treasurer of the Capital Area Behavioral Health Collaborative.

Moreover, Laughman has worked intensively with state and local agencies to facilitate child abuse prevention and intervention. Laughman spent five years as a supervisor for Child Protective Services, overseeing child abuse investigations and coordinating programs among numerous community organizations to provide quality and outcome based services to Lancaster County's youth.

Laughman is on the Board of Trustees for Norristown State Hospital and is the immediate past president of the Pennsylvania County Human Services Administrators. He has also served on the board of the Pennsylvania Association of County Administrators of Mental Health and Developmental Services.

"It is truly an honor to join such a proactive team of professionals who understand the importance of treating the whole patient, which involves not only ensuring members are physically well but also mentally and developmentally able to live fulfilling lives," said Laughman.  

Michael Golinkoff, Ph.D., M.B.A., president of PerformCare, added: "We are proud to welcome James and thrilled to bring his breadth of knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication to the field of mental health to the members we serve throughout all of Pennsylvania."

About PerformCare

PerformCare, a member of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, is a national full-service managed behavioral health care organization that supports members and providers through specialized behavioral health and human services programs in both the public and private sectors. Founded in 1995, PerformCare serves more than one million members nationwide. For more information, visit www.performcare.org.

About AmeriHealth Caritas

AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies is one of the nation's leaders in health care solutions for those most in need. AmeriHealth Caritas operates in 15 states and the District of Columbia, and serves more than 4.8 million Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP members through its integrated managed care products, pharmaceutical benefit management services, behavioral health services and other administrative services. Headquartered in Philadelphia, AmeriHealth Caritas is a mission-driven company with 30 years of experience serving low-income and chronically ill populations. For more information, visit www.amerihealthcaritas.com.