External Advocates are independent advocates who provide assistance and support to individuals receiving services at state operated mental health and juvenile justice facilities.

External Advocates:

  • Help individuals and their families with questions, concerns, and complaints regarding hospital care and treatment.
  • Help resolve concerns and complaints.
  • Work with individuals and others, including local/regional mental health offices and county providers, to facilitate community living.
  • Refer individuals to an attorney or agency that provides legal advocacy.
  • Assist with questions about benefit programs and concerns regarding employment.
  • Provide technical assistance and education regarding rights to individuals, their families and the hospital  staff.
  • Ensure the fundamental rights of the individual receiving services in the state-operated facility.

For additional information regarding external advocates at the state run mental health facilities, download the External Advocate brochure. For more on external youth advocates, download the External Youth Advocate brochure.

If you have questions about the External Advocate Program, contact MHAPA by phone at 866-578-3659 or email at externaladvocacy@mhapa.org.

External Adult Advocates

Clark Summit State Hospital (CSSH)

Bill Buck
bb@theadvocacyalliance.org

Carl Mosier
cm@theadvocacyalliance.org

Danville State Hospital

Michael Nicholas
mnicholas@mhapa.org

Norristown State Hospital (NSH)

Wendy Quarles
wquarles@mhapa.org
c-wquarles@pa.gov

Hollie Horton Bland
hhorton-bland@mhphope.org

South Mountain Restoration Center (SMRC)

Jamie Hickok
jhickok@mhaff.org

Torrance State Hospital (TSH)

Kathy Lambrecht
c-klambrec@pa.gov

Alexandra Pleskovitch
c-aleplesk@pa.gov

Warren State Hospital (WSH)

Jodi Wilson
c-jodwilso@pa.gov

Wernersville State Hospital (WeSH)

Janice Paulino
c-jpaulino@pa.gov

Claudia Hambright
c-chambrig@state.pa.us

Leslie Kemmerer
lkemmerer@mhapa.org
c-lkemmere@pa.gov

External Youth Advocates

External Youth Advocates provide advocacy in the following state-operated facilities:

  • Youth Forestry Camps 2 and 3
  • Loysville Youth Development Center
  • North Central Secure Treatment Unit
  • South Mountain Secure Treatment Unit

To connect with a youth advocate, contact Shalawn James,  sjames@mhapa.org.