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Advocacy: The act of speaking, acting, or writing in support of a cause or idea in order to defend the rights, needs, and interests of a person or group of people who are disadvantaged by society.

Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association provides and participates in individual and systems advocacy for people in Pennsylvania who have, or are recovering from, mental illness.

Threat to Our Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services

Behavioral HealthChoices (also known as the behavioral health carve-out) is the statewide program through which every county delivers mental health and drug and alcohol services recovery to Pennsylvanians enrolled in Medicaid insurance.

Bills have been introduced in the Pennsylvania House and Senate that would eliminate this successful program and could cause people to lose their current services and supports. Read more...

County-led mental health, drug and alcohol services for 2.9 million Pennsylvanians are in jeopardy

Op-Ed in PennLive posted March 20, 2019.

Over the last two decades, Pennsylvania has seen steady progress in serving people with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Even with recent trends such as the opioid epidemic and an increase in suicides, more Pennsylvanians are receiving more and better behavioral health care than ever before. Read balance of opinion piece.

Membership in PMHCA

One of the benefits of membership in the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association is being included on the membership email list. All members receive emails with timely information on policy and legislative issues and action alerts, notice of trainings, conferences and Mental Health recovery employment opportunities throughout the state. Become a member today.