What is BHARP?

The Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP) was established in the fall of 2006 and is comprised of County MH/ID Administrators and Human Service Directors, along with Drug and Alcohol Single County Authorities from 24 counties in north central Pennsylvania. BHARP is a Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation who is the primary contractor for the North Central Behavioral HealthChoices Contract.

It is the mission of BHARP to…

  • Create and maintain balanced representation from the Mental Health and Single County Authority administrators from all twenty-four counties in the North Central Region.
  • Effectively and consistently elicit the full participation of the county representatives at the Central Governing Board and Executive Committee to identify and secure the service system priorities and needs of each county, region, and the membership as a whole.
  • Act as a full partner with OMHSAS (Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services) and the BHMCO (Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization) in the implementation of the HealthChoices contract in pursuit of a foundational and integrated rural behavioral health service system that emphasizes quality, equitable access, collaboration, and cost effectiveness.
  • To explore, develop and/or enhance specialized services for complex, high need populations through the workgroup structure.
  • To advocate for and develop the capacity to advance the philosophy and practices of recovery and resiliency in our rural communities.

BHARP will accomplish this mission through the dedication, determination, and hard work that characterizes its membership.

It is the vision of BHARP to…

Ensure that all individuals receiving behavioral health services in the North Central Region have access to a comprehensive array of high quality, cost effective, community-based, and recovery-oriented services that maximize their potential for recovery.


The mission and vision for OMHSAS is that every individual served by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service system will have the opportunity for growth, recovery and inclusion in their community, have access to culturally competent services and supports of their choice, and enjoy a quality of life that includes family members and friends.

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is tasked with the following: developing and implementing programs designed to reduce substance abuse and dependency through quality prevention, intervention, rehabilitation and treatment programs; educating all Pennsylvanians on the effects and dangers drugs and alcohol abuse and dependency, and the threat they pose to public health; and mitigating the economic impact of substance abuse for the citizens of Pennsylvania.

The mission of Community Care is to improve the health and well being of the community through the delivery of effective and accessible behavioral health services. Community Care believes that the highest quality services are best provided through a not-for-profit partnership with public agencies, experienced local providers, and involved members and families. Community Care also affirms that the success of these partnerships, as well as the achievement of the organization’s goals, relies on the strong commitment of all parties involved to conduct business lawfully and ethically.


2016 Recognition of Excellence in Wellness (SAMHSA)

2013 President’s Award (PCB)

2012 Innovation Award (PACA MH/DS)