Direct Services

Peer to Peer Services

You don’t have to do it alone. The Peer To Peer program can help. We offer one-to-one support for recovery from mental illness through Certified Peer Specialists—people who are successfully progressing in their own recovery and have received intensive training in peer support. Certified Peer Specialists can help you further your recovery at your own pace, and in the areas you choose. You might feel sometimes like there is no one who understands what you’re going through. But you’re not alone. We’ve been there, we know what it’s like, and we want to help. We know things can get better. We’re here. We’ll share your journey of recovery, offering hope and resources gained through personal experience and professional training. Your Peer Specialist can help you broaden connections, explore options, and meet your goals. It’s Easy to Get Started. If you are a resident of Franklin or Fulton Counties and want to progress in your recovery from mental illness, you may qualify if your services are provided through Franklin/Fulton MH/IDD/EI or Medical Assistance. Call us at (717) 264-4301 for further information. It only takes a few minutes to complete the application process.


Just feeling anxious? Need reassurance? Call the HelpLine at 717-264-2916. Staffed by trained certified peer specialists and call specialists who have been there.

Senior Reach

Senior Reach helps to connect seniors to others as a powerful means of reducing stress and preventing loneliness and depression. Prior consent required. For more information contact us at 717-264-4301.

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Advocacy Services

Community Support Program

What is CSP of Franklin/Fulton County? It is a coalition of individuals, family members, mental health professionals, and other community members who are working together to help adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders such as substance use live successfully in the community. It is part of a statewide coalition that began in 1984. The local CSP began in May 2000 and is part of the Central Region, which includes several nearby counties. Through the local CSP initiative, small seed grants to CSP, agencies, and advocacy groups have generated innovative trainings, wellness conferences, special events such as the annual art show, anti-stigma campaigns, CSP celebrations and the production of a wide variety of literature. Through CSP, individuals have been empowered and have risen to leadership roles.

Community Advocacy

MHA provides advocacy services for community members who need assistance with getting appropriate or desired services.

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Satisfaction Services

Individual Family Satisfaction Team (IFST)

IFST finds out how satisfied people are with the services they receive from mental health providers. We do this by creating surveys that ask questions such as “Does the staff at your provider treat you with respect?” or “Do you feel your mental health providers listens to you?” These surveys are created by IFST in partnership with many stakeholders- recipients of services, service providers, county MH/IDD/EI staff, family members, MHAFF staff and members of our advisory committee. The surveys focus on a single provider or area of community need. The surveys are conducted by phone or face-to-face. The results are tallied and analyzed by IFST and a report of findings is written. These findings are shared in a public meeting open to everyone. Results of IFST surveys are utilized by both MH/IDD/EI and providers to help plan improvements in how services are delivered. MHAFF conducts surveys of County funded programs for the Franklin/Fulton MH/IDD/EI program.

Managed Care Surveys in Franklin/Fulton Counties

IFST conducts surveys for the Tuscorora Managed Care Alliance in Franklin & Fulton counties. These surveys are conducted on an ongoing basis. Each entity provides IFST with a confidential list of names of service recipients. From those lists we randomly choose names of individuals to survey as to their satisfaction for all services that are paid for through medical assistance. The results are tallied each month. Quarterly and yearly reports are provided that help improve services and system processes. Survey recipients are also able to communicate about issues that need immediate attention and through this process many problems are resolved.


MHAFF conducts interviews with recipients of developmental disability services in Franklin and Fulton Counties. The survey results are tallied and analyzed by state annalists who write an annual report on the satisfaction of service recipients with their providers.

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Education Services

Information & Referral

Need help finding a provider or information on mental illness? Call us at 717-264-4301. We can help.


MHAFF has many publications that can be emailed direct to your computer. We also can direct you to multitudes of on-line libraries to help you learn about mental wellness.

I’m The Evidence Campaign

MHAFF is a participant in the I’m the Evidence Mental Health Campaign, a grassroots campaign to raise awareness about how each of us can positively impact the lives of people in mental health recovery by honoring human potential, creating opportunities and offering encouragement. ITE/MH celebrates people who are the living evidence of mental health recovery, as well as, those individuals, organizations and communities that offer support and hope along the journey.

Learn more about ITE and how you can be the Evidence by contacting MHA at 717-264-4301.

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Special Events

Walk the Walk

Each year MHAFF holds a local walk campaign to increase awareness of mental illness and to recognize all persons that have been touched by mental illness in our community. This event is called “Walk the Walk”. Folks from all walks of life take part and include those with mental illnesses, family members, mental health professionals, public officials and supporters of the mental health cause.

Over 300 participants, representing many agencies, organizations and programs, from Franklin County and all across Central Pennsylvania attended attend each year’s event. The Walk reaches many people with news coverage provided by the print media.

The walk takes place in the Borough of Chambersburg. There is a program with several speakers, the reading of the mental health month proclamation and a kick-off ceremony. Each walker is given a commemorative T-shirt to wear during the walk and throughout the year thereafter. Walkers are given refreshments along the route and enjoy dinner and entertainment at its completion.

Wellness Conferences

MHAFF holds wellness conferences each year in both Franklin & Fulton counties. Hundreds of topics have been presented by local, regional and nationally known speakers. Contact MHAFF for more information if you would like to attend or be considered to present.

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Suicide Prevention Coalition of Franklin County

Suicide Prevention Coalition of Franklin County

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Franklin County focus’s on Data collection and prevention activities.

  • Data Collection: Disparate sources of data within the county are analyzed to determine the appropriate level of services needed to address suicide in our community.
  • Prevention Activities: MHA provides training on two intervention techniques:

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Suicide Intervention Training

MHA has certified instructors who provide training in two different types of evidence based intervention models.

ASIST- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is a 2-day workshop designed to teach the skills to competently and confidently intervene with individuals at risk of suicide. Developed by LivingWorks Education, Inc., the workshop prepares Gatekeepers to integrate principles of intervention into everyday practice.

The curriculum is divided into 4 learning modules: attitudes, knowledge, intervention & resources. Skills and principles are illustrated with case studies presented in videos and live dramatizations, role-play simulations, discussions and in the Suicide Intervention Handbook.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to:

  • Reduce attitudinal barriers which hinder the ability to be direct and comfortable with suicidal situations
  • Dispel myths about suicide
  • Identify the indicators and assess suicidal risk
  • Intervene with individuals at risk of suicide
  • Engage in efforts to build collaborative resource networks for intervention

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.

Scheduled Intervention Trainings

Contact us at 717- 264-4301 for a current listing of trainings.