Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania



The Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP) was established in the fall of 2006, and is comprised of County MH/ID Administrators, Human Service Directors and Drug and Alcohol Single County Authorities from 23 counties in north central PA.

The BHARP was formed upon request by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS). The primary purpose of the BHARP is to allow the 23 counties in the north central region to participate in the implementation and monitoring of DPW’s contract with the managed care organization (MCO) for the provision of Health Choices in the north central zone.

In partnership with OMHSAS and in collaboration with other stakeholders, BHARP works with OMHSAS and the MCO to ensure that a comprehensive, responsive, unified, cost-effective, recovery oriented behavioral health system of care is available within the 23 county region.