James Laughman, M.S.W., is Executive Director of PerformCare’s Pennsylvania business. He brings to the role nearly 30 years of experience specializing in the field of mental health and developmental disabilities.
Prior to his role at PerformCare, Mr. Laughman 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, he 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, Mr. 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.
Mr. Laughman has worked intensively with state and local agencies to facilitate child abuse prevention and intervention. He 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.
He 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.
Mr. Laughman holds a Master of Social Work degree from Temple University.