What is the MAX Vision?

MAX seeks to be the leading association of human service providers in the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery by supporting them to secure the necessary resources to fulfill their individual missions.

What is the Purpose of Max?

  • To create a cooperative organization among the community service providers for people with behavioral health disorders, developmental disabilities, and drug and alcohol involvement and their families in order to promote continuing quality improvement of supports and needs-based allocation of resources.
  • To create a unified purpose for providers through the sharing of ideas, areas of expertise, and philosophies, while respecting the unique culture of each agency.
  • To develop collaborative and proactive relationships with government, Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Drug & Alcohol officials.
  • To provide education and information to elected officials, including federal, state, and county government agencies and associates to further the best interests of service providers and the individuals they support.
  • To promote acceptance of people with developmental disabilities, behavioral health disorders, and drug and alcohol involvement as full participants in their communities.
  • To develop collaborative opportunities in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of members’ operations.

How did Max get Started?

MAX Association had its inception in the spring of 1993 when Montgomery County MH/MR/D&A provider agencies met to discuss the feasibility of merging several smaller provider groups into one. The purpose of this merger was to coordinate and improve communications and networking, staff training, interaction with government agencies, and enhance services to individuals with disabilities. On October 13, 1993, Montgomery County MH/MR/D&A service providers met at the Holiday Inn in King of Prussia in a day long retreat to plan the Montgomery County Association for Excellence (MAX). MAX was officially incorporated in June of 2002.

In 2008, MAX was approached by the Forum, a provider group from Delaware County, with a request to unite to form a regional association. As a regional association, MAX now serves over 45 provider agencies offering supports for people with Developmental Disabilities, Behavioral Health and Drug and Alcohol services in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.

To better reflect its regional status, MAX is now an acronym for Moving Agencies Toward EXcellence.