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Volume 5, Issue1

The Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program provides project-based rental assistance for extremely low income persons with disabilities. In February 2013, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded 13 states, including Pennsylvania, funding under the 811 Program. The first round of HUD funding provided assistance for 200 units. In July 2014 funding was awarded for an additional 200 units.

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Volume 4, Issue 2

On September 12, 2016, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration {SAMHSA) will be formally recognizing select organizations and communities across the nation for their wellness efforts to improve health outcomes for individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders in a webinar titled “Innovative Approaches to Wellness in Behavioral Health” Among those chosen to receive the 2016 Recognition of Excellence in Wellness award is The Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (SHARP) for the Behavioral Health Home Plus (BHHP) model that was developed and implemented within 23 counties by Community Care Behavioral Health.

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Volume 4, Issue 1

For many months no one could get away from hearing two words throughout Pennsylvania – “Budget
Impasse.” It all began July 1, 2015 when the State legislators failed to come to agreement on the
2015/2016 state budget. As lawmakers talked about how far apart the two sides were , the rural
counties began to discuss how they would manage the impact of not having state funding for
human services for some of the most vulnerable populations. This article highlights the strategies
employed, as well as the impact of the impasse on two of our rural county’s Drug and Alcohol
programs.

Potter County is one of our most rural areas and the Human Services program has always worked along
with their providers to assure services were available to residents throughout the area.
The results of not having a state budget or funding for Human Services was felt hard by the Drug
and Alcohol Program and the providers of services.

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Volume 3, Issue 1

In April 2015 a team of BHARP staff and BHARP member county staff, with the consultative support of the state Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and System of Care Partnership, came together to develop a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) System of Care Grant (SOC) application. In July 2015 the grant host county program, Columbia/Montour/Snyder/Union county joinder, received notification that the grant was funded. SAMHSA funded the full requested amount: $1,000,000 per year for 4 years.

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Volume 2, Issue 1

The Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural PA has found a new place to call home. In Early February our office was moved across town to the newly renovated Match Factory building at 192 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte PA.

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Volume 1, Issue 4

At its most basic, a home is a permanent structure that shelters one from the elements and provides a place to sleep and store one’s belongings. Having a safe, decent place to call home is something many people take for granted and something out of reach for many.

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Volume 1, Issue 3

The importance of community in the lives of persons with mental health and sustance abuse disorders is widely accepted though not widely practiced. This conference has as its stated purpose to create and to strengthen relationships with local communities. Local communities are very important to the rural areas of the Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP).

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Volume 1, Issue 2

In the contract year of 2008/2009, Buprenorphine services were placed as a high priority under the Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP) HealthChoices reinvestment plan.

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Volume 1, Issue 1

The Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural PA was established in the fall of 2006 at the request of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s (DPW) Office of Mental Health and Sustance Abuse Services (OMHSAS).

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