In 1970, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
enacted and funded its first comprehensive Mental Health/Mental Retardation Act.
Bertram Wolfson, RHD Board Chairperson, was asked to form a citizen’s committee to administer a program in Lower Merion Township of Montgomery County – with an initial grant of just $50,000. The committee incorporated Resources for Human Development as a nonprofit human services organization and hired Bob Fishman as its first executive director.
On September 25, 2013, RHD's Board of Directors announced Bob Fishman's retirement from RHD with the title CEO Emeritus, transitioning the nonprofit's leadership to Dyann Roth as CEO.
RHD sought to give birth to a new kind of agency that would have the capacity to respond to a wide range of individual and community challenges. It would be an organization whose values would guide it to focus on developing a highly decentralized organization with the broadest possible service mission. From one program, two employees and a budget of $50,000, RHD has grown into a $200-plus million corporation that employs more than 5,000 people across 15 states and serves tens of thousands of people in need each year.