COVID mental health resources

Don’t Fight Depression Alone. Get Copay Assistance, Medication Assistance, or Join a Free Support Group.

In response to accelerated need for mental healthcare, Lancaster Cares issued a grant to LOHF to broaden eligibility for its free Mental Health Copay Assistance program. The program expanded beyond the previous restrictions of ages 0-25 and those with dependent children to include any county resident whose income is impacted by COVID-19. LOHF has also collaborated with Mental Health America of Lancaster County (MHA) to include LOHF’s copay program in MHA’s bundle of free mental health services.

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Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Although most people in the general population have heard of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), this term is relatively new. The term “autism” was first coined in the 1950s by Dr. Leo Kanner, who identified a group of children demonstrating unique characteristics in social and communication skills, as well as odd repetitive behaviors.

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Overview of Mental Health Treatment Options

Treatment and care for mental health-related issues occurs in a variety of settings. The specific setting, and level or type of care, depends on a few factors: the nature and severity of the person’s mental condition, their physical health, and the type of treatment that is needed. The primary treatment settings for receiving mental health care or services are hospital inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, and outpatient. Mental healthcare services are also increasingly being provided by telephone and videoconferencing (such as Facetime, Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, etc.)

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COVID-19 prompts community support for mental healthcare demand, expanding copay assistance and other mental health services

Behavioral healthcare providers were already struggling to meet demand for services. The impact of COVID-19 has made access to mental health services even more challenging. Many more people are experiencing anxiety and depression and cannot access care due to job loss or reduction of hours and pay. This is especially true for some of our most vulnerable—youth, children, and young adults.

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