Types Of Assistance

Advocacy Services

An Advocate will help you understand the laws, rules, regulations and available local services.  Advocacy services are available for children (through school-based advocacy) and adults.

Our Client and Family Advocate is dedicated to empowering you on your mental health journey, helping to answer questions and making appropriate referrals.  Please reach out to Gretchen at 717-397-7461 or by email at gretchen@mhalancaster.org if you are in need of advocacy and support for children up to 18 years old.   

Contact our Peer Educator, Sue, at 717-397-7461 or by email at stushingham@mhalancaster.org to discuss advocacy and support services for adults.



Compeer Lancaster is a program of Mental Health America of Lancaster County that matches adults in the community who are in recovery from mental illness with a volunteer friend. One-to-one matches spend about 4 hours together per month, engaging in activities such as going for a walk, getting a cup of coffee, or watching a sporting event. Compeer Calling volunteers check in with their friend by phone for about 15 minutes every week. 

Compeer friends are not counselors, therapists, or social workers; they are simply friends who provide social support to their match. If you know how to be a friend, you know how to be a Compeer. 


Medication Assistance Program

Medications are an important part of treatment for many people who live with a mental illness. During times of financial crisis, as we are experiencing now, many make the difficult decision of choosing food and utilities, or purchasing medication for themselves or their loved ones. 

Through the Lancaster Cares Fund, MHA of Lancaster County is able to provide assistance in purchasing medication for those unable to afford it. 

Please direct individuals to MHA of Lancaster County at mha@mhalancaster.org or call 717-397-7461.



Community Mental Health Assistance Program (CMAP)

The Community Mental Health Assistance Program, or CMAP, is a voluntary program that is both free and confidential. This program will offer services to residents in Lancaster County who do not currently have access to an Employee Assistance Program through their employer’s benefit package. This program will include an assessment, short-term counseling, and follow-up resources, all provided by a licensed mental health professional. 

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