For 24 Hour Response – Dial 911
CCR – Crisis Line – 800-292-0671 or 800-292-3866; non-crisis office#: 724-431-0095
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Behavior Health Emergency Service – 412-350-4457
Suicide Hotline & Resource Info: 1-800-SUICIDE, 1-800-442-HOPE; 1-800-VET2VET; and 1-800-SUICIDA. Kristin Brooks Hope Center
National crisis hotline network automatically connects people who are depressed or suicidal — or those who are concerned about someone they love — to a CONTACT USA or AAS certified crisis center. http://www.hopeline.com and http://www.healthcentral.com/depression
Veteran’s Crisis Line — 1-800-273-8255 Confidential help for Veterans and their families
Ombudsman – 724-287-1965 (For info on managed care and help with filing complaints and grievances; or to solve problems/seek remedies. For consumers of MH/D & A through the network of Value Behavioral Health of PA for Health Choice recipients)
Warmline (Grapevine) 724-431-2488 or 866-431-2489 Toll free
Voice (Domestic violence) – 800-400-8551
Poison Control – 800-222-12222
Other supportive organizations
Grapevine Center – 724-283-1704 Bette Peoples or Al Lane. We offer many programs like Assistance with finding housing for the homeless; Forensic Certified Peer Specialist – to go into the jails and meet with people prior to their release, to set up supports upon release; our Drop-In Center, where you can fellowship with peers, use facilities like showers, telephones, computers; get a Certified Peer Specialist; enjoy entertainment and educational program; and get whatever support you need. We also have a Warmline 6pm – 9pm every night, where you can talk to a peer when you need someone to listen. Read more about our various programs here
MakeTheConnection.net connects Veterans, their families and friends, and other supporters to mental health information, a tool for finding local mental health resources, and videos of Veterans sharing their inspiring stories of recovery. The site is free to use and accessible to everyone.
Cerebral Palsy: www.CerebralPalsyGuidance.com From information on cerebral palsy symptoms to financial assistance to daily living articles, http://www.CerebralPalsyGuidance.com covers all aspects of cerebral palsy. And all of the information is thoroughly researched and cited.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) The largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with serious mental illness and their families. Affilliates in more than 1,100 local communities across the country http://www.nami.org (select Find Your Local NAMI) or call 1-800-223-0500
Amongst its programs, NAMI offers :
- Family-to-Family Education Program. Call: 724-431-0069 to register. This 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness is designed to help understand and support your loved ones while maintaining your own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.
- NAMI Family Support Groups, Call: 724-431-0069. Family Support Groups offered by NAMI Affiliates in communities across the country, are free, confidential and safe groups of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges. In NAMI Family Support Groups, families join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. Family members can achieve a renewed sense of hope for their loved one living with mental health challenges.
- NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group. Call: 724-431-0069 Open to all adults living with mental illness, regardless of diagnosis. Encourage your loved one to attend the weekly 90 minute-long meets. Let them know how good it is to be with others who can say, “I’ve been there; I understand.” Free and confidential, designed to connect, encourage and support participants using a structured support group model, led by trained facilitators, living in recovery themselves. No need to register, just come when you feel like you need someone to talk to.
- Compeer Friendship Program Call 724-287-1965 or 1-888-329-0468 Mon – Fri 6:30 am – 4:30 pm Volunteers provide supportive friendships to those who are stressed by psychiatric brain disorders
The Recovery Project offers Certified Recovery Specialists who offer individual recovery support for adults (18 years and older) in recovery from substance use disorders, and a Drop-in Center. For info, call Susan Hetz @ 724-284-4881
- Glade Run Lutheran Services Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group modules
- 724-283-9436 /
- 877-328-8537. Meets Tuesdays 12:00 – 2:00 pm for 6 weeks x 4 modules.
The goal is to develop skills to accept things the way they are while working on changes to live life more effectively, and to have a life worth living, despite the challenges of mental health issues. Originally created by Marsha Linehan to address Borderline Personality Disorder but has proven to be effective for many other diagnoses. DBT teaches new skills to cope with events and emotions.
Module 1: Emotion Regulation skills to help recognize and manage emotions without impulsively acting in destructive ways: Module 2: Interpersonal Effectiveness — imparts new tools to assert, set limits and negotiate solutions while being respectful of self and others; Module 3: Distress Tolerance — tools to handle painful events and tolerate frustrations; Module 4: Mindfulness — helps focus on the present moment without dwelling on past pains or future worries. Provides tools to overcome negative judgments.
DBT is most successful when paired with individual therapy and outpatient services. DBT is a skills group not a process group, self-help assignments can be taken to individual therapists for discussion and more insight.
Clients must go through the intake and referral process with Glade Run Lutheran Services for insurance approval. Call 724-283-9436 for info or referral
Addiction Center: www.AddictionCenter.com/Addiction/Dual-Diagnosis 7.9 million people in the U.S. with a mental health disorder has a co-occurring addiction – NAMI. This resource publishes comprehensive, reliable information about the various aspects of substance dependency. Dedicated web guides to the relationship between mental health and drug abuse.
Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) http://www.mentalhealthrecovery.com/wrap/ Learn to identify what makes you well, and then use your own Wellness Tools to relieve difficult feelings and maintain wellness. The result is recovery and long-term stability. Your WRAP® program is designed by you in practical, day-to-day terms, and holds the key to getting and staying well. It does not necessarily replace traditional treatments, but can be used as a compliment to any other treatment options you have chosen. This recovery information is being networked through training across the country by the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery and by an ever-growing number of recovery educators through self-help publications, seminars, workshops, presentations, support groups, and the internet.
SAMSHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) http://www.samhsa.gov/
PA Families, Inc. A PA statewide family network. federally funded by Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). PFI ensures that family members have a support network that can share information from local family support groups to state and federal boards. When a family is in need, PFI can reach out to over 15,000 listed resources within the 67 counties in Pennsylvania and request help for a family in need. http://www.pafamiliesinc.com or contact: Dianna Brocious at 1-800-947-4941 email@example.com
Drug Abuse Treatment Programs and Support in Butler, PA http://drugabuse.com/usa/drug-abuse/butler-pa/ provides pertinent information and guidance about the risks of taking illicit and addictive prescription drugs.
Pennsylvania Recovery and Resiliency http://www.parecovery.org/
Butler Addiction Treatment Centers: See http://www.projectknow.com/find/butler-pa/ For those desiring a solid solution to their addiction woes.
SPHS Butler – 724-234-1370 1610 N. Main St. Ext. Butler, PA 16001 Many different SPHS locations. Support groups for individuals who have experienced the loss or near loss of someone due to an overdose. Groups are designed to help participants cope with their grief and to identify healthy outlets and supports. Dates and times vary by site. Call for more information.
Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania (VBH-PA Now Beacon) www.vbh-pa.com (Select For Members, then Member Information.
See Member Tip Sheets on:
Addiction, ADHD Facts, Depression Facts, Eating Disorder Guidelines, Take your Medicine & Take Care of Yourself, What is Depression?) The website also has links to various resources and websites such as Network of Care, Health Education Answers, etc. Value Behavioral Health supports those with Choices Health Insurance only.
For General Mental Health/Chemical Dependency Information, call 1-800-789-2674 (Value Behavioral Health/ Beacon Options) and ask for your Community Mental Health Office contact number.
2-1-1 Call 2-1-1 for referrals for Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse issues, or emergencies; as well as easy access to customized health, housing, human services, and disaster services information. Currently available 24/7 to over 86.6% of the nation’s population, including 50 states. Powered by United Way. http://pa211sw.org/
Butler County Human Services – 724-284-5114
Butler County Information & Referral – 724-285-2264 or 800-944-1449
Disability Options Network 724) 652-5144 Fax: (724) 654-3342 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1929 East Washington Street New Castle, PA 16101
A consumer controlled, nonprofit membership organization in Western Pennsylvania, empowering people with disabilities to live as independently as they choose in Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer Counties. Disability Options Network is a grass roots advocacy organization concentrating on disability rights issues, as well as skills training, peer support, and information and referral services
Navigating Learning Disabilities and the Cost of Treatment Some families may be forced to pay out of pocket for treatment costs so their child can get the help they need. See this guide on treatment plans and how to afford them based on the type of disability. Also provides information on specific rights and services offered to help families of children with learning disabilities such as:
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
- Individualized Education Program
- 504 Plans
Lifesteps, Inc. (hearing & Speech) – 724-283-1010
Mental Health Association (MHA) – 724-287-1965
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) 724-656-3070 or 800-442-6379 Serves those with impairments that present an impediment to employment. Services to help you prepare for, enter, engage in, or retain employment. Impairments include: Alcoholism, Amputation; Diabetes; Drug Addiction; Epilepsy; Head Trauma; Heart Disease; Mental Illness; Muscular Disease; Visual Impairments; Developmental Disabilities; Hearing Impairment; Learning Disabilities; Mental Retardation; Neurological Disease; Respiratory Disease; Skeletal & Joint Disease; Speech Impairment; Spinal Cord Injury. Receive the services necessary to become employable:
Diagnosis; Counseling & Guidance to select vocational goals and making plans to attain them; Restoration – services to minimize the effect of the impairment on your ability to work; Training – job skills through vocational and technical schools, universities, on-the-job training, or job coaching; Hiram G. Andrews Center – offering comprehensive rehabilitation services including vocational assessment, training and medical services on a residential or commuting basis; Placement – job seeking skills and locating employment opportunities; Post Employment Services aiding in job adjustment. No charge for diagnostic services, counseling, and job placement assistance. OVR Counselors are aware of many agencies and programs that might be of assistance and will refer you to them.
Guardianship Services through the Mental Health Association in Butler County. 724-287-6844 For those incapacitated or unable to make decisions or manage normal responsibilities of daily living. Gives decision-making responsibility to a qualified, trustworthy individual. May only be appointed by a judge of the Orphans’ Court in the Court of Common Pleas. There is
- Guardianship of the Person, and
- Guardianship of the Estate.
- a) Plenary Guardianship – guardian handles all ward’s assets, financial affairs and medical decisions;
- b) Limited Guardianship — when the ward is determined by the court to be only partially incapacitated. Court defines extent of authority in this type.
MHA has been serving as a guardian for over 20 years. As advocates for the mentally ill, the Association has used guardianship services to protect the medical and financial needs of indigent mental health consumers who have no family available to help them make decisions. Most have a debilitating illness which has rendered them unable to make decisions.
PMHCA (PA Mental Health Consumer’s Association) 717-564-4930 www.pmhca.org Statewide membership organization representative of the individual and collective expression of people who have recovered or are recovering from mental illness.
DBSA (Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance) www.dbsalliance.org
Impact Young Adults a peer-run nonprofit offering social events and leadership development. http://www.impactyoungadults.org/
ImpactMORE http://el1684.wix.com/impactmore partners with young adults who want more from their mental health discovery process. Supports projects identified by participants that will make a meaningful difference in their community. Through this, young adults see that their contribution, and their life, matters.
Schizophrenia Digest http://szdigest.com/
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Bipolar World – http://bipolarworld.net/
Alletheny County Coalition for Recovery – www.CoalitionforRecovery.org
National Call Center for Homeless Veterans – 1-377-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838) – Hotline helps homeless veterans and their families.
Navigating Health Insurance Marketplace: Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) has received a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a navigator program that will help consumers in Pennsylvania navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace. PMHCA provides enrollment assistance to people who use or need behavioral health services. with the goal of helping as many people as possible across Pennsylvania understand their enrollment coverage options. Contact Lynn Keltz, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association at 717-564-4930.
Senior Care: Caring.com supports family caregivers and their loved ones. See their comprehensive guide dedicated to improving the lives of older adults through assistive technologies. learn more about their research for families and senior citizens here: https://www.caring.com/caregivers/best-medical-alert-systems/
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
The NeuroResource Facilitation Program (NRFP) is a Department of Health service that helps people with TBI identify and navigate resources, services & supports in PA. The goal is to help people with TBI live independently in their homes and communities, No cost to individual or their family. 717-772-2763 8 am – 5 pm or
Brain Injury Helpline @ 866-412-4755 http://neuroresource.health.pa.gov
Medical Assistance Health Plans:
- Gateway Health Plan – 800-392-114
- UPMC for YOU – 800-286-4242
Hospitals or Clinics:
Butler Memorial Hospital – 724-283-6666
Butler Health Systems – 724-284-4266
Children’s Hospital North – 724-935-8400
Community Health Clinic – 724-841-0981
Torrance State Hospital – 724-459-8000
Veteran’s Adm. Medical Center – 800-362-8262
Clarion Psychiatric Center – 800-253-4906 www.clarioncenter.com 24/7 Assessment & Referrals for Admission — Free. Can also take a Direct admission from a mental health or healthcare professional. For Children/Adolescents/Adults with Behavior Disorders; Anxiety & Panic Disorders; Depression; Extreme Anger; Bipolar Disorder; Paranoia; Mood Disorders; Schizophrenia/Hallucinations/Delusions; Suicidal Thoughts or Actions; Family Conflict; Trauma-Emotional, Physical, & Sexual; Adjustment & Grief Reactions; Other Mental Health Problems
On-site gymnasium for recreational therapeutic activities; Partial Hospitalization Program for school age children and adolescents; Certified Special Education teacher; Drug & Alcohol education groups; Smoking permitted in courtyard; Music, Art, Recreation and Movement Therapy – group interaction; Education in licensed on-site classroom; Multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals, led by a psychiatrist, including master’s level clinicians, allied therapists; Family Education group held weekly for support and to enhance treatment outcomes; Private dining room; Diagnosis & Evaluation by Board Certified & Diplomate in Adult, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists; EMDR Therapy for treatment of Anxiety, Stress, Trauma and Abuse. Accepts most insurance carriers, including many HMO’s and PPO’s
The Allegheny County Coalition for Recovery (ACCR) www.CoalitionforRecovery.org Wood Street Commons, 304 Wood St., 4th Fl., Pittsburgh, PA 15222