Mental Health

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RCPA member Tadiso, Inc. recently announced the retirement of Darryl Robinson from the position of CFO. Julie Zeigler, D.Sc, who has been with the company for five years as the Assistant to the CFO and Business Analyst, has been promoted to take on the position. You can find out more about Tadiso, Inc. and contact them with any questions at their website.

The sustained funding of community-based mental health services, such as community residential programs, family-based support, outpatient care, and crisis intervention, are critical to the wellbeing of our constituents and our communities. Funding levels for county mental health services have direct impacts on whether these important community and family supports will be available. Yet for too many years, state funding for mental health services has lagged far behind its needs. Counties find themselves advocating for the prevention of funds being cut instead of achieving the increases that are needed to catch up from years of underfunding.

This week’s advocacy letter, which is being sent on behalf of the Coalition, stands as an open call to the PA General Assembly and stakeholders. Governor Shapiro’s budget address called for an initial $20 million investment as a starting point to creating a sustainable funding platform for county-based mental health services. These budgeted funds, if approved by the General Assembly, would represent the first increase in county-based mental health funding in more than a decade. Now is the time for action on sustaining the funding of community-based mental health services and creating the legislation to move on the allocation of the $100 million in funding, as outlined by the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health Commission.

The Coalition is open to all new partners. Join our mission of advocacy for this 2023–24 initiative and begin engaging with your representative. The Coalition will also be developing an advocacy toolkit for members in order to come together to sustain the safety net and serve those who need it most. The reality is that the demand for service far outweighs capacity and rate structures to serve this population.

If you have additional questions or would like to join the Mental Health Safety Net Coalition, please contact RCPA Policy Director Jim Sharp.

Message from Woody Rosenbach, CEO of COMHAR, Inc.:

Dear Friends of COMHAR:

As we enter our 48th year of service, we continue to be proud of our unwavering commitment to our Mission of “Providing Health and Human Services to Empower Individuals, Families, and Communities to Live Healthier, Self-Determined Lives.” To that end, we oftentimes underplay the impact that we are having on these critical constituencies.

With that in perspective, it gives me great pleasure to announce the relaunch of our website.

The new website more broadly represents COMHAR in regard to our day-to-day operations, our mission, services, and our members!

  • Whether someone is looking for mental health, substance use, or intellectual disabilities services for themself, their family member, or loved one, COMHAR has a program for them.
  • For detailed program information, locations, news from COMHAR, career opportunities, or options to make donations, comhar.org is the place to go!
  • Sign up for our Newsletter, read our Annual Report, read member recovery journeys, contact us, check out community resources, and more!

I’d like to invite you to visit our new website…explore the various pages…and send me a note with your thoughts and impressions.

I look forward to hearing from you.