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  • 3 Jun 2020 9:52 AM | Anthony Pascarella (Administrator)

    MHPC Announcement:

    Behavioral Health Telehealth Survey for Individuals and their Families


    The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is seeking input from individuals who have received behavioral health services and their families on their experiences with telehealth during COVID19 to guide the future of behavioral health telehealth in Pennsylvania.  An online survey will be available through Monday June 22, 2020 at:




    Questions regarding the survey or behavioral health telehealth in Pennsylvania can be directed to: RA-PWTBHS@pa.gov

    Dear Peer Specialists,

    My name is Martha Barbone and I am Interim Director of Operations for iNAPS. We are collaborating with Wallis Adams at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University to conduct a study to better understand how the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic has impacted the work and volunteer lives of peer specialists in the US.

    I am writing to invite all peer specialists (including peer supporters, peer support providers, peer coaches, etc.) to participate in the online survey that has been constructed by the Center and iNAPS. The survey will take approximately 15-30 minutes. Participation is completely voluntary and your answers will be anonymous. The survey information will be sent directly to the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation for them to analyze and to describe the findings. We will report the findings back to you through email or a newsletter.

    If a participant would like to provide their email address, they can enter a random drawing where 10 participants will win a $50 gift certificate to Amazon. The Center will be randomly selecting 10 winners after the survey closes.

    If you are willing to help us out with this important research, please follow the link here: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=1b3baaec-476fb390-1b3b9bd3-0cc47adc5fa2-cb504f73e1e7dd55&u=https://bostonu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6rPQh6cUpqaoPdj

    There will also be an opportunity to complete a second, follow-up survey in approximately 3 months. Participation in that second survey is completely voluntary, and completing this first survey doesn’t mean that you have to complete the second one.

    Please feel free to forward this survey to peer specialists and peer organizations that you know! That way, we can get a better sense of what changes are occurring.


    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the person conducting the survey (Dr. Adams) at weadams@bu.edu.

  • 10 Apr 2020 11:18 AM | Anthony Pascarella (Administrator)

    Check out PA Care Partnership's Facebook to stay up to date with them!


    The decision was made to cancel the Mental Health Awareness Day event in Harrisburg, PA and change it into a virtual event later in the month.


    We are going virtual!

    We will be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week(!) virtually during the week of May 18th. Through the week, we will be publishing on Facebook and YouTube speakers we had scheduled and youth and family resources.


    Save the Week!

    More about the virtual event will be arriving in your emails and Facebook page and we look forward to sharing with you all during the week of May 18th.

  • 3 Apr 2020 11:35 AM | Anthony Pascarella (Administrator)

    Are you feeling lonely? Are you feeling anxious?


    The Statewide Support & Referral Helpline is staffed by skilled and compassionate staff that are available 24/7 to respond to those struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency. Staff at the Helpline refer callers to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.

    The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is officially operational. The number to call is 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.

    The Helpline was created by the Department of Human Services DHS and the Center for Community Resources (CCR). Helpline staff are trained to be accessible, culturally competent, and skilled at assisting individuals in the ID/A community as well as anyone else who might have a need – teens, adults, special populations and their supporters. Staff use the principles of trauma-informed care to listen, assess needs, triage calls, and provide appropriate referral to community resources to children, teens, adults and special populations.

    CCR will collaborate with individuals, families, police, emergency medical teams, hospitals, schools, and human service providers on the local level to provide quality care to their community members.


    Many other resources also remain available to Pennsylvanians in need of support, including:

    • ·         National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • ·         Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
    • ·         Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
    • ·         Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • ·         Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
    • ·         Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357
    • ·         Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Helpline – 1-888-772-7227
    • ·         National Domestic Violence Helpline – 1-800-799-7233

    Visit the PA Department of Health’s dedicated Coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.

    To access ODP-specific information, visit ODP’s Coronavirus Page at: https://www.myodp.org/mod/page/view.php?id=26808.

  • 25 Mar 2020 1:34 PM | Anthony Pascarella (Administrator)

    Hello Friends and Members,

    We wanted to take this time to reach out and make you aware of resources that continue to be available. Please follow the links below for detailed, up-to-date information about COVID-19, the Governor’s response and helpful links.

    Home Together

    PA Parent and Family Alliance

    Unique Journeys | Powerful Voices

    The PA Parent and Family Alliance has compiled useful resources for families and providers across the state.

    Currently the list has over 200 resources in areas such as education, mental wellness, work, necessary services, art, relaxation, and much more. The list will continue to grow. 

    Check it out and feel free to share the link with anyone you think would find it useful.


    Visit their recent blog post:

    We’re Going to Get Through This and We’ll Be With You Every Step of the Way



    Learn more about the PA Parent and Family Alliance:


  • 22 Nov 2019 12:00 PM | Anthony Pascarella (Administrator)

    Hello PMHCA Family, Future Family, and Guests!

    First let me welcome you to the new homepage and website of PMHCA! 

    I ask your patience as I work diligently to continue to transfer over content and information from the old site to the new one. I also hope to implement some newer features to the site as a whole. 

    I thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the new site!

    Your truly
    Anthony Pascarella

About the association

PMHCA is a state-wide member organization dedicated to the support of all people who seek aid for recovery from a mental illness at any stage in their journey. PMHCA provides resources, referrals, and support to those receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness. 



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