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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.

Why are so many mentally ill people imprisoned in Pennsylvania?

From article in Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday, August 2, 2015.

Lynn Keltz, executive director of Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association, a group that represents people with mental illnesses, is deeply skeptical. Keltz, an ardent supporter of the closure of state hospitals, said that even if PennLive's figures on mental illness in the correctional system in 2014 are correct, she believes there's no historical research to prove that they've grown over time. Read more ...

Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

Did you know that parity in health insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorder benefits with medical and surgical benefits is the law? Read more ....

SNAP (foodstamp) asset test eliminated!

Thanks to the leadership of Gov. Tom Wolf and Acting Secretary Ted Dallas, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services eliminated the asset test for foodstamps. Under the asset test program many people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians were removed from the SNAP program and lost much needed foodstamps.

The asset test has been eliminated as of April 27, 2015.

The asset test was adopted in 2012 by the former Gov. Tom Corbett's administration. It restricted the amount of assets families could have to qualify for food stamps, otherwise known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

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.