Department of Human Services

Behavioral Health Resources

DHS' Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) oversees behavioral healthcare available through Medicaid, which includes treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. Get more information on OMHSAS, find information about county behavioral health programs, and learn more about resources specific to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults.

 988: A Direct Link For Suicide Prevention and Crisis Support

It's now easier for Pennsylvanians to connect to behavioral or mental health crisis services.  Contacting 988 will connect individuals to 24/7 free and confidential support if they are in distress or in need of prevention and crisis resources for themselves or a loved one. Learn more about 988 in Pennsylvania.

Call or Text 988 to start the converstion


Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Call or text 988, or use the online chat function. All are available 24/7.

Crisis Text Line:
Text PA to 741741 

Veteran Crisis Line: 
Dial 988 then Press 1 
Online chat function

Disaster Distress Helpline: 

The Trevor Project Lifeline (LGBTQ)
Text "Start" to 678-678 
Online chat funtion

Trans Helpline: 

Behavioral Health in Medicaid

Behavioral HealthChoices Managed Care

Through the Behavioral HealthChoices program, each county contracts with a Managed Care Organization (MCO) for mental health and drug and alcohol services. Once you are enrolled with the MCO, you continue to have choices as to who provides your services. The MCO will send you a handbook outlining how to access services and outlining the benefits available to you.

Behavioral HealthChoices


If you are eligible for services under the Fee-For-Service program, you will receive a list of Medicaid/Medical Assistance behavioral health providers within your county. Once you find a provider you would like to see, you can make an appointment if the provider is seeing new clients. If you have problems making an appointment, your local county caseworker in the County Assistance Office, or your caseworker from the county Mental Health/Intellectual Disability (MH/ID) office will assist you.

County Assistance Office

Adult Mental Health Commission

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Suicide Prevention


2024-2025 PATH Grant Application: Public Comment Period

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is pleased to announce that the application for the Fiscal Year 2024 Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) grant has been posted for public review.

The PATH grant is a non-competitive formula grant available to all states and territories by the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1990. PATH programs serve individuals with serious mental illness experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness. The PATH grant application is submitted to the federal agency Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) annually. 

The PATH Application public comment period will remain open until 10 am Friday, March 22, 2024. If you have any questions or comments, please send them to Lauren MacWithey, Pennsylvania PATH Grant Coordinator, via e-mail to .