The Advocacy Alliance
Alex J. Hazzouri, CEO
Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance
Gary Hawkins, Executive Director
Mental Health Association in Beaver County
Joe Cook, Executive Director
Mental Health Association in Fayette County
Pam Bailor, Executive Director
Mental Health Association of Franklin / Fulton County
A. Kenneth Wuertenberg, Executive Director
Mental Health America of Lancaster County
Scooter Haase, Executive Director
Mental Health Association of Lebanon County
Brooke Smith, Executive Director
Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania
William K. Grove, Executive Director
Mental Health Association of Seven Mountains Region
Becky Scott, Executive Director
Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Michael Brody, CEO
Mental Health Association of Washington County
Lynne Loresch, Executive Director
Mental Health America of Westmoreland County
Laurie Barnett Levine, Executive Director
Mental Health America of York & Adams Counties
Kimberly Stratton, Executive Director
Accessible PA combines the latest information on programs and services in one convenient site for people of all ages with disabilities, as well as their families and support providers.
Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN)
DRN – a merger of PA Protection & Advocacy and the Disabilities Law Project – is a statewide, non–profit corporation designated as the federally–mandated organization to advance and protect the civil rights of all adults and children with disabilities.
Mental Health/Mental Retardation Administrators Association of Pennsylvania (MH/MR)
The association that represents the county mental health administrators is an affiliate of the County Commissioners Association in Pennsylvania.
NAMI PA is dedicated to helping mental health consumers and their families rebuild their lives and conquer the challenges posed by severe and persistent mental illness.
Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP)
OMAP, part of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, assures access to quality healthcare for Pennsylvanians eligible for Medical Assistance.
Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS)
OMHSAS, part of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, is responsible for managing the state mental hospitals, and providing funding and oversight for Community Mental Health Services, HealthChoices Behavioral Health Services and Substance Abuse Services.
Online resource that includes Statewide and local court rules; the Governor’s Proclamations and Executive Orders; Actions by the General Assembly; Rulemakings by State agencies; Proposed Rulemakings by State agencies; and State agency notices.
Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association
Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA) is a trade association whose members are community agencies serving persons with mental illness, mental retardation, or substance abuse.
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
The Department of Human Services helps people meet their basic needs by providing health care and other critical support services for children, the elderly, people with chronic diseases, persons with disabilities and low income families and adults in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania General Assembly
Search bills and resolutions before the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives. This site also provides calendars for both the Pennsylvania Senate and Pennsylvania House.
Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP)
PHLP is a nationally recognized expert and consultant on access to health care for low-income consumers, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.
Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association (PMHCA)
PMHCA is a statewide membership organization representative of the individual and collective expression of people who have recovered or are recovering from mental illness.
Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society
The Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society represents Pennsylvania Psychiatrists in advocating for their profession and their patients, and to assure access to psychiatric services of high quality.
Pennsylvania Psychological Association
A member of the American Psychological Association, the purpose of the Association is to advance psychology in Pennsylvania as a means of promoting human welfare.
American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
AACAP’s mission is the promotion of mentally healthy children, adolescents and families.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of people with mental disabilities.
Building Blocks for Youth
An alliance that seeks to protect minority youth in the justice system and promote rational and effective justice policies.
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
An organization established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities.
Juvenile Law Center
Through legal advocacy, research, publications, public education and training, Juvenile Law Center works to ensure that the child welfare, juvenile justice and other public systems provide vulnerable children with the protection and services they need to become happy, healthy and productive adults.
Mental Health America
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives.
Models for Change
In partnership with its grantees in the juvenile justice field, the MacArthur Foundation has developed a working framework for a model juvenile justice system. Pennsylvania was the first state chosen to participate in the Models for Change initiative.
National Mental Health Consumer’s Self-Help Clearinghouse
Connects individuals to self-help and advocacy resources, and offers expertise to self-help groups and other peer-run services for mental health consumers.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is a grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.
United States Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health provides basic information about common mental health conditions such as depression and PTSD, as well as information and resources designed to help specific groups of veterans such as women, those recently discharged from active duty, and those looking for job training and housing assistance.
For College Students and Teens
Suicide & Depression Awareness for Students. People contemplating suicide or experiencing the depths of a severe depression need to know they are not alone. From teenagers to college students, LGBT to the elderly, people struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts need options, reassurance, hope and help.
For Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves, Veterans, and Families
The Department of Veteran Affairs’ Veterans Health Administration (VHA) founded a national suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press “1” to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline.
afterdeployment.org is an online resource supporting service members, their families, and veterans with common post-deployment concerns. The website provides self-care solutions targeting PTSD, depression, anger, sleep, relationship concerns, and other mental health challenges.
Army Suicide Prevention Program offers suicide prevention resources for soldiers, as well as commanders.
Guide to Financial Assistance for Military Families helps active duty members of the military, veterans, or their spouses access financial support for everything from college bills to electric bills.
Home Front Hearts serves the families that serve our country by: providing support and resources to the families of service members, increasing public awareness of the struggles and sacrifices of military families, and engaging both individuals and businesses in building communities that are responsive to the needs of these families.
Make the Connection is a public awareness campaign developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans overcome and seek treatment for mental health conditions. The campaign provides extensive resources for veterans suffering from conditions and experiences facing Veterans transitioning back into civilian life, including: VA approved treatment and support resources; Hundreds of video testimonials from veterans who overcame various conditions and addictions – such as transitioning from service, PTSD, and alcohol abuse; and Information on how to recognize those conditions and seek treatment.
Military Pathways® (formerly the Mental Health Self-Assessment Program® MHSAP) is a voluntary, anonymous mental health and alcohol education screening program offered to military personnel and their families in all branches, including the National Guard and Reserve. The primary goals of the program are to educate, raise awareness, offer screenings, and host events about mental health.
Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families Library contains more than 35,000 articles, fact sheets, and reports produced by the leading experts and organizations in the health field.
PA Cares Task Force is a joint effort of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare; Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS); the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; and the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist veterans and their families with a successful reintegration back to their families and communities.
SAMHSA Veterans Resources offers additional resources as well as an overview of the agency’s eight strategic initiatives for the next three years, including it’s initiative focused on the mental health of military members and families.
Sesame Street for Military Families
This critical tool helps military families and their young children cope with the challenges of deployment and build resilience in times of separation and change.
SuicideOutreach.org offers ready access to hotlines, treatments, professional resources, and forums and multiple media designed to connect individuals with each other. The site supports all Service Branches, the National Guard and the Reserves, and our veterans, families, and providers.
The Real Warriors Campaign, launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, promotes the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families. The campaign combats the stigma associated with seeking psychological health care and treatment and encourages service members to increase their awareness and use of these resources.
The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial support for injured members of U.S. Armed Forces and their families for any number of needs, including counseling. It directs urgently needed resources to Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force or Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces.
The Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) is a Department of Defense effort to help National Guard and Reserve Service members and their families connect with local resources before, during, and after deployments, especially during the reintegration phase that occurs months after service members return home.
Veterans Benefits for Senior Veterans offers an overview of of the benefits available to elderly Veterans. Elderly Veterans may be eligible for a wide-variety of benefits available to all U.S. military Veterans. These include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial. See our Veterans