Child And Family Advocacy

We will answer questions, make referrals, explain your rights, and partners with your family through the options for support and treatment. 

There is no cost for our child and family advocacy services and representation.

We will help navigate you to the appropriate services of your choice.

If you are looking for advocacy services and peer education for someone 18 years and older, please visit our adult advocacy page. 

Advocacy At Your School

We will act as your educational IEP advocate through the special education system.  This include private meetings, education, attending school meetings and helping to mediate the conversation for your child of all ages.

“MHA of Lancaster County gave hope to our family.  Our son is bipolar.  His erratic behavior kept our entire family on edge.  The staff connected our son with services that have been very effective, and introduced our family to support groups.  Our whole family is stronger and healthier.” – A Mother of a 15-year old.

Call our office at 717-397-7461 or email us at mha@mhalancaster.org to start the conversation for your child and the health of your entire family.

OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH TEEN HOPE

ASK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION & SCREENINGS IN SCHOOL CLASSROOMS

Contact MHA to ask whether your school is a part of this program at mha@mhalancaster.org or 717-397-7461.  If you would like to bring mental health screening and education into your classroom, we would be happy to meet with you.

10 Proven Benefits of Yoga for Your Kids: Yoga is an excellent way to borrow “my time” and to feel loved, alive, and free from the technology invasion.  As they say: “logout, shutdown, and do yoga”.  Interestingly enough, a growing number of kids are embracing yoga in their lives.  Visit this link to learn more about ways to connect your children to the benefits of a yoga practice.

 
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
 

Minority Mental Health (Mental Health America): Mental health information for minority groups such as Black and African America Communities, Latino/Hispanic Communities, Asian American/Pacific Islander Communities, Native America Communities and LGBTQ Communities.

A Parent’s Guide to Suicide Prevention: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (CFAOS) has an important campaign to help parents of teenagers. The goal of the campaign is to better equip these parents should their teenager — or someone close to them — enter a depressed or suicidal mindset.  Use this resource as a guide to the prevention of suicide.

Take A Confidential Screening

If you don't know where to turn, and you would like to talk to someone about planning how to get help, then an MHA Advocate can help.

If you are a Lancaster County resident, then email mha@mhalancaster.org or call 717-397-7461 to schedule a time to begin a conversation for yourself, or someone you care about.

If you are outside of the Lancaster County area, please visit mhanational.org to locate the MHA office nearest to you.

After your Screening

If You Don't Know Where To Turn...

Call 717-397-7461 or email mha@mhalancaster.org to ask about Spanish-speaking professionals who will be able to help you in Lancaster County. We will guide you to your choice of mental health support.

If you live outside of Lancaster County , then visit mhanational.org to find the MHA office nearest you.

We Are Virtual.

We Are Open And
Serving our Community.

MHA is now offering all its services, programs and Mental Health Academy education & training throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you would like to discuss how to meet your educational goals in a virtual or socially distanced format, then please contact MHA at 717-397-7461 or email our office. We are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

We encourage you to continue pursuing mental health education and training during the pandemic. The need has always been there and the number of people needing support has increased this past year. Let's break the stigma and open the mental health conversation together.

Please Reach Out

We Are Listening 24/7

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