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Programs that provide information through a variety of channels that improves the public's understanding of mental health and mental illness; the nature, etiology, diagnosis and treatment or management of specific mental disorders; and strategies for reducing the incidence of problems where possible. Mental health education programs help people make informed decisions about matters that affect their personal mental health and that of others. They inform the public of the risk factors and signs of mental health problems, encourage people to take advantage of early detection programs, help people modify behaviors that compromise their own mental health and provide support for family members and friends who are coping with mental illness or other mental health issues that have affected a loved one.

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Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
AdministrationProvides information and referral to consumers or family members regarding mental health needs, services and supportsCumberlandCumberland/Perry Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesCumberland/Perry Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Out of the Darkness Fundraiser - Lycoming CountyCoordinate fundraiser walks that are held annually to bring together for mutual support and encouragement those who have experienced a loss to suicide. Half of the proceeds are kept locally to fund training, education and conduct prevention activities to reduce the stigma of depression and suicide. Event usually occurs in late September/early October.LycomingAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Central Pennsylvania ChapterAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse ServicesSTATE MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE AGENCYDauphinOffice of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services- Pennsylvania DPWOffice of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services- Pennsylvania DPW
COMPASS - Information on Health and Human ServicesIf you want to find out if you qualify for Pennsylvania health and human services, apply for new benefits, finish your application or check your status, you're in the right place. By using COMPASS you can apply at any time during the day or night from home, a library or any location with Internet access. COMPASS is an online application for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs including the following: - Health Care: Medical Assistance - Health Care: CHIP/adultBasic - Cash Assistance - Child Care Works Program - Food Stamps - Energy Assistance: LIHEAP - School Meals - Home and Community Based Services - Long Term Care - SelectPlan for WomenDauphin*Main Site (COMPASS)COMPASS
Family Networking Project of NAMIProvides advocacy, support and resources. Will help find other sources of assistance if agency itself cannot provide it. Agency maintains confidentiality with all clients. Provides advocacy for clients and their families whenever possible. All cases handled confidentially. Provides support for mental health clients and their families. Support includes, but is not limited to, learning support, home support, and community support. Provides vast amount of resources to our families through books, pamphlets, or brochures about mental illness. Provides connection to other community resources and a vast Seniors Library.HuntingdonFamily Networking Project of NAMIFamily Networking Project of NAMI
Independent Living Skills & Psychiatric RehabilitationTraining in all aspects of independent living including: personal finances, home care, transportation, companion services, social skills and self care. Assistance for finding and keeping housing.DauphinCentral Pennsylvania Supportive Services, Inc.Central Pennsylvania Supportive Services, Inc. (CPSS)
Information and ReferralWill assist in finding a provider or information on mental illness and/or services.FranklinMental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton CountiesMental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton Counties
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Early Intervention ServicesCase management with intake for assessment of intellectual and developmental disabilities and early intervention needs, arrangement and authorization for services monitoring of services, and follow through regarding employment, housing, education, transportation, and counseling as appropriate.CumberlandCumberland/Perry Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesCumberland/Perry Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Mental Health Advance DirectivesThis is a document that allows you to make your choices known when you are well regarding mental health treatment in the event a mental illness makes you unable to make decisions. Everyone should have a Mental Health Advance Directive on file with their physician. This protects you and your family. This service has members who can help individuals understand Mental Health Advance Directives and, if desired, assist in completing one. Also offers training sessions to groups on this subject.PerryMental Wellness Awareness AssociationMental Wellness Awareness Association
Mental Health Association in Beaver CountyServices include Advocacy, Consumer Community Supports, Education, Social Rehabilitation, and Support Groups. Individual Advocacy provides assistance to persons who need help in dealing with the mental health system: Community Advocate: - one-on-one advocacy to families and consumers; Ombudsman Program - information and managed care and assists with filing complaints and grievances; Parent/Child Advocacy - support, information and technical assistance to parents, children and staff involved in schools and human service agencies.BeaverMental Health Association in Beaver CountyMental Health Association in Beaver County
Mental Health Association in Butler CountyProvides support services for individuals with mental health/ co-occurring disorders and their families. Services that serve the adult population include Adult Advocacy, Compeer, Representative Payee, and Guardianship. Services that that serve the families of adults and children with mental health disorders and the community at large include Class Advocacy, Information and Referral, Public Education; the Children's Programs and Education Advocacy.ButlerMental Health Association in Butler CountyMental Health Association in Butler County
Mental Health Info and EducationProvides information through a variety of channels that improves the public's understanding of mental health and mental illness.BlairCCBH Blair OfficeCCBH
Mental Wellness PresentationsMembers of the Board make public presentations on mental wellness issues. They may last from 10 minutes to several hours.PerryMental Wellness Awareness AssociationMental Wellness Awareness Association
Mental Wellness Research InformationEveryday better treatment modalities and wellness initiatives are being discovered. The MWAA dissemates the newest research information at public events, via electronic social networking sites, the internet, phone and at various health fairs, etc.PerryMental Wellness Awareness AssociationMental Wellness Awareness Association
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of York CountyNAMI provides support groups, advocacy, and education for individuals and family members dealing with mental illnesses. NAMI is an information and referral source for consumers, family members and the general public. A 12-week family education course (Family-to-Family) and a 10-week education course for persons who have an illness (Peer-to-Peer) are offered periodically during the year. Educational videos, pamphlets and a lending library are available at the office location. NAMI Support Group Meetings:
  • Luther Memorial Church 1907 Hollywood Drive, York Time: 1st Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm to 8:00pm Contact: Susan Hein or Danielle @ 717-848-3784 Details: This support group is for family members/caregivers of those with mental health diagnosis. Weekly Support Group for Consumers:
  • NAMI Connections Support Group Luther Memorial Church 1907 Hollywood Drive, York Time: Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 7:30pm Contact: Susan Hein or Danielle @ 717-848-3784 Details:This support group is for persons with a mental health diagnosis.
  • NAMI York County office 140 Roosevelt Avenue, York, PA 17401 Time: Thursdays 10:00am-11:30am
  • NAMI Connections Support Group, Lewisberry Family First Health 308 Market Street Lewisberry, PA 17339 Time: 3rd Thursday of each month, 2:00pm to 3:30pm Details: This support group is for persons with a mental health diagnosis.
  • YorkNational Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of York CountyNational Alliance on Mental Illness
    Prevention Programming - Girls CircleHealthy Communities Partnership takes special care to understand the unique needs of teenagers, parents, and families. Sometimes the choices young people make affect more than themselves, their choices affect their families, schools, and communities. The following programs are designed to help teens and families navigate a variety of troubling waters. Girls Circle - a structured support group for girls from 9-18 years, integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, and competence in girls. FranklinHealthy Communities Partnership of Greater Franklin CountyHealthy Communities Partnership of Greater Franklin County, Inc.
    Shepherd's Heart Veterans HomeTransitional housing for homeless male veterans. The program aims to service male veterans who are homeless and may have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse problems, mental illness, dual diagnosis, and those who are disabled. AlleghenyShepherd's Heart FellowshipShepherd's Heart Fellowship
    STAR Center Services for Teens at RiskA comprehensive program to prevent teen suicide. Provides identification, referral, outpatient assessment and treatment, and parent education. Educates school personnel and mental health professionals. Offers grief group treatment for bereaved children and adolescents, and adult survivors of suicide. Their monthly Normal Teenage Behavior and Depression workshop discusses strategies for coping with teenage depression as well as causes and treatments and how it affects the family. The STAR Center is a program of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS, CALL 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE. In Allegheny County, call: re:solve Crisis Network 1-888-7-You Can (1-888-796-8226).AlleghenySTAR Center Services for Teens at RiskWestern Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
    Student Education EventTargets teens and young adults where they are i.e. schools, colleges, youth groups, etc. WOrks with these community services to offer a free mental health educational event where students learn more about how to identify mental illness in themselves and in their friends and most importantly how to get help!CumberlandPlease LivePlease Live, Inc.
    Suicide Intervention TrainingsASIST- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is a 2-day workshop designed to teach the skills to competently and confidently intervene with individuals at risk of suicide. Developed by LivingWorks Education, Inc., the workshop prepares Gatekeepers to integrate principles of intervention into everyday practice. The curriculum is divided into 4 learning modules: attitudes, knowledge, intervention & resources. Skills and principles are illustrated with case studies presented in videos and live dramatizations, role-play simulations, discussions and in the Suicide Intervention Handbook. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.FranklinMental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton CountiesMental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton Counties
    Support and ProgramsState and Local NAMIs: NAMI's 1,200 affiliate organizations provide local services, support and other opportunities for consumers and their families. Education, Training and Peer Support Center: NAMI offers an array of education and training programs and services for consumers, family members, providers and the general public. These include Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, NAMI Support Group, In Our Own Voice and more. Consumer Support: NAMI empowers and educates mental health consumers to address their issues around care, treatment, services, mutual support and consumer rights. Child and Adolescent Action Center: Families know all too well that the system is failing children and adolescents with mental illnesses. NAMI created the Child & Adolescent Action Center in response to this crisis, to focus attention on systems reform and to help and support families. NAMI on Campus: NAMI on Campus is a network of student-led mental health awareness, education, and advocacy groups tailored to the needs of individual college communities. Multicultural Action Center: The Multicultural Action Center focuses attention on system reform to eliminate disparities in mental health care for diverse communities and cultural competence in treatment and support for all who are affected by serious mental illness. NAMI Legal Center: The NAMI Legal Center provides lawyer referrals as a service to our members and the general public. Veterans Resource Center: NAMI is proud to provide the following resources for veterans and active duty military members, as well as their families, friends, and advocates. Missing Persons Support: Resources and support for locating missing persons with mental illness. For Providers: To help mental health professionals assist consumers and families further, NAMI has created this section of the NAMI Web site especially for you. Information Helpline: Trained volunteers provide information, referrals, and support to all who have questions about or are affected by serious mental illness. Call 1-800-950-NAMI.*Main Site (NAMI Headquarters) (NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness)National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Pennsylvania
    Support and ProgramsState and Local NAMIs: NAMI's 1,200 affiliate organizations provide local services, support and other opportunities for consumers and their families. Education, Training and Peer Support Center: NAMI offers an array of education and training programs and services for consumers, family members, providers and the general public. These include Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, NAMI Support Group, In Our Own Voice and more. Consumer Support: NAMI empowers and educates mental health consumers to address their issues around care, treatment, services, mutual support and consumer rights. Child and Adolescent Action Center: Families know all too well that the system is failing children and adolescents with mental illnesses. NAMI created the Child & Adolescent Action Center in response to this crisis, to focus attention on systems reform and to help and support families. NAMI on Campus: NAMI on Campus is a network of student-led mental health awareness, education, and advocacy groups tailored to the needs of individual college communities. Multicultural Action Center: The Multicultural Action Center focuses attention on system reform to eliminate disparities in mental health care for diverse communities and cultural competence in treatment and support for all who are affected by serious mental illness. NAMI Legal Center: The NAMI Legal Center provides lawyer referrals as a service to our members and the general public. Veterans Resource Center: NAMI is proud to provide the following resources for veterans and active duty military members, as well as their families, friends, and advocates. Missing Persons Support: Resources and support for locating missing persons with mental illness. For Providers: To help mental health professionals assist consumers and families further, NAMI has created this section of the NAMI Web site especially for you. Information Helpline: Trained volunteers provide information, referrals, and support to all who have questions about or are affected by serious mental illness. Call 1-800-950-NAMI.National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Pennsylvania - Montgomery; LansdaleNational Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Pennsylvania
    Support and ProgramsState and Local NAMIs: NAMI's 1,200 affiliate organizations provide local services, support and other opportunities for consumers and their families. Education, Training and Peer Support Center: NAMI offers an array of education and training programs and services for consumers, family members, providers and the general public. These include Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, NAMI Support Group, In Our Own Voice and more. Consumer Support: NAMI empowers and educates mental health consumers to address their issues around care, treatment, services, mutual support and consumer rights. Child and Adolescent Action Center: Families know all too well that the system is failing children and adolescents with mental illnesses. NAMI created the Child & Adolescent Action Center in response to this crisis, to focus attention on systems reform and to help and support families. NAMI on Campus: NAMI on Campus is a network of student-led mental health awareness, education, and advocacy groups tailored to the needs of individual college communities. Multicultural Action Center: The Multicultural Action Center focuses attention on system reform to eliminate disparities in mental health care for diverse communities and cultural competence in treatment and support for all who are affected by serious mental illness. NAMI Legal Center: The NAMI Legal Center provides lawyer referrals as a service to our members and the general public. Veterans Resource Center: NAMI is proud to provide the following resources for veterans and active duty military members, as well as their families, friends, and advocates. Missing Persons Support: Resources and support for locating missing persons with mental illness. For Providers: To help mental health professionals assist consumers and families further, NAMI has created this section of the NAMI Web site especially for you. Information Helpline: Trained volunteers provide information, referrals, and support to all who have questions about or are affected by serious mental illness. Call 1-800-950-NAMI.Norristown, PA Office - Catholic Social ServicesNational Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Pennsylvania
    Support and ProgramsState and Local NAMIs: NAMI's 1,200 affiliate organizations provide local services, support and other opportunities for consumers and their families. Education, Training and Peer Support Center: NAMI offers an array of education and training programs and services for consumers, family members, providers and the general public. These include Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, NAMI Support Group, In Our Own Voice and more. Consumer Support: NAMI empowers and educates mental health consumers to address their issues around care, treatment, services, mutual support and consumer rights. Child and Adolescent Action Center: Families know all too well that the system is failing children and adolescents with mental illnesses. NAMI created the Child & Adolescent Action Center in response to this crisis, to focus attention on systems reform and to help and support families. NAMI on Campus: NAMI on Campus is a network of student-led mental health awareness, education, and advocacy groups tailored to the needs of individual college communities. Multicultural Action Center: The Multicultural Action Center focuses attention on system reform to eliminate disparities in mental health care for diverse communities and cultural competence in treatment and support for all who are affected by serious mental illness. NAMI Legal Center: The NAMI Legal Center provides lawyer referrals as a service to our members and the general public. Veterans Resource Center: NAMI is proud to provide the following resources for veterans and active duty military members, as well as their families, friends, and advocates. Missing Persons Support: Resources and support for locating missing persons with mental illness. For Providers: To help mental health professionals assist consumers and families further, NAMI has created this section of the NAMI Web site especially for you. Information Helpline: Trained volunteers provide information, referrals, and support to all who have questions about or are affected by serious mental illness. Call 1-800-950-NAMI.Pottstown, PA Office - Creative Health ServicesNational Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Pennsylvania
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Caregiver Support CoordinatorThrough VA's Caregiver Support Line and Caregiver Support Coordinators, you can find the support you need to provide the Veteran you care for with the best care at home. Your local Caregiver Support Coordinator can support you by matching you with services for which you are eligible such as: Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) Centers, Home-Based Primary Care, Skilled Home Care, Homemaker and Home Health Aide Program, Home Telehealth, Respite Care, Home Hospice Care. United States Department of Veterans AffairsUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Homeless Veterans Program: Mental Health Services for VeteransThe United States Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. No one who has served our country should ever go without a safe, stable place to call home. The entire department has put its energy and resources into ending Veteran homelessness. VA's programs provide individualized, comprehensive care to Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Our Veterans return from service with wounds we cannot always see. VA is committed to providing our Veterans with the mental health services they deserve. Too often, the emotional scars of service can contribute to Veteran homelessness or place Veterans at risk of homelessness. VA offers many mental health services for Veterans to help them get back on their feet. VA provides a variety of programs and services that Veterans can take advantage of, including:
    • Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV) Program Domiciliary care was initially established to provide services to economically-disadvantaged Veterans, and it remains committed to serving that group. The Domiciliary has evolved from a "Soldiers' Home" to become an active clinical rehabilitation and treatment program for male and female Veterans and domiciliary programs are now integrated with the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs (MH RRTPs). Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans Program
    • Substance Use Disorder Treatment Enhancement Initiative VA’s Substance Use Disorder Treatment Enhancement Initiative provides substance use services in the community to aid homeless Veterans’ recovery.
    • Readjustment Counseling Service’s Vet Center Programs The Readjustment Counseling Service’s Vet Center Programs feature community-based locations and outreach activities that help to identify and match homeless Veterans with necessary services.
    • VA’s Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program VA’s Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program offers outreach, exams, treatment, referrals, and case management to Veterans who are homeless and dealing with mental health issues, including substance use. At more than 135 HCHV sites, trained, caring VA specialists provide the tools and support necessary for Veterans to get their lives on a better track. Call VA’s toll-free hotline or visit Learn more about the HCHV Program.
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    United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Homeless Veterans ProgramUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Women Veteran's Call CenterThe United States Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans was formed to provide a single avenue for women Veterans to get the help they need. The Center's functions include monitoring and coordinating the VA’s administration of health care and benefits services and programs for women Veterans, serve as an advocate for a cultural transformation (both within VA and in the general public) in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and to raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect. United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Information and Referral HotlinesUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs
    Venango County Human Services - Mental Health/Intellectual Disability ServicesProvides services to both children and adults with mental health and intellectual disabilities. VenangoVenango County Department of Human Services - Main ComplexVenango County Department of Human Services
    Veterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System - HJ Heinz Campus: Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment ProgramVA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's HJ Heinz Campus Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PRRTP) provides a caring and supportive environment where individuals with psychiatric disabilities can obtain the skills, knowledge and supports necessary to successfully transition into the community residential role of their choice. Services include:
    • Goal setting,
    • Housing awareness,
    • Budgeting,
    • Money management,
    • Illness self-management,
    • Medication management,
    • Healthy living skills,
    • Daily living skills (cooking, cleaning, shopping) ,
    • Recovery,
    • Peer support,
    • Social skills
    AlleghenyVeterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare SystemUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
    Veterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System - University Drive Campus: Center for Treatment of Addictive Disorders (CTAD)The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System University Drive Campus’ Center for Treatment of Addictive Disorders (CTAD) offers several programs that help veterans overcome addiction. Motivational, behavioral and educational methods are used. These methods stress harm reduction, recovery skills, relapse prevention and follow a sound recovery plan. Treatment also addresses issues such as multiple diagnosis and chronic pain. Programs and clinics include:
    • CORE Program The CTAD Outpatient Rehabilitation and Education Program is a 14 to 21-day intensive intervention that is held in both residential and non-residential settings. Patients work on learning skills needed to fight their addiction. A case manager will help each veteran work on their treatment plan goals. Call 412-360-6611 to schedule an interview.
    • Outpatient Clinics The Specialized Outpatient Aftercare and Recovery Clinics include personalized assessment and treatment planning. This is followed by outpatient individual and group therapy. After completing the CORE Program, many veterans continue with aftercare and work on their recovery plan. Call 412-360-6092 for Outpatient scheduling.
    • OSTC The Opiod Substitution Therapy Clinic provides methadone maintenance therapy to assist those with opiate addiction that have been unresponsive to other therapies. Call 412-360-6092 for OSTC scheduling.
    • Other services Outpatient evaluation of alcohol withdrawal risk and detoxification planning. On-site Gamblers Anonymous meetings. Specialty groups for women and African American veterans in recovery. Telephone screening for incarcerated veterans – 412-360-6611. Annual “Recovery Day” celebration in September. Suboxone-assisted opiate detoxification. Contingency Management program for veterans struggling with cocaine addiction.
    AlleghenyVeterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare SystemUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
    Veterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System - Women Overcoming WarWomen Overcoming War (WOW) is a counseling group of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s Combat Stress Recovery Clinic to help female veterans who were deployed to a combat zone and are experiencing combat stress reactions or PTSD. The group focuses on explaining combat stress and how it is unique for women veterans. The group also helps women veterans share their experience in a safe, all-female setting. Finally, the group helps members to build skills to help cope with difficult emotions, troubling thoughts, and struggles in communication. AlleghenyVeterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare SystemUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

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