Understanding Mental Health
Mental Health, as defined by the World Health Organization, is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia (to name just a few), which are widespread and can make life extremely difficult, are usually misunderstood and often prevent one from participating in society in a productive and fulfilling way.
At Fayette County Behavioral Health Administration (FCBHA), we understand mental health conditions and see first-hand how those who suffer from mental health issues often feel isolated and anxious. But we also know there are opportunities for recovery, and well-being is possible.
SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) recently developed a new definition of recovery, it is “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”
We agree! FCBHA promotes the philosophy that every individual should have opportunities for growth, recovery, inclusion in their community, and access to culturally competent services and supports of their choice that enable them to enjoy a quality of life that includes family members and friends.
Finding Programs & Services
If you have private insurance, you should work directly with your insurance carrier to find appropriate programs and services. If you are on Medical Assistance, or have no insurance at all, we can help you; just call 724-430-1370 and ask for an intake worker.
Our expert staff consists of:
- Care Managers
- Case Managers
- Highly-skilled Directors
- Program Specialists
- Service Managers
- Support Staff
- Supports Coordinators
These individuals work hard every day to bring the best, evidence-based options in behavioral healthcare to residents of Fayette County.
Our commitment to the community includes the following goals:
- To collaborate with other agencies and service systems to promote awareness and ensure coordinated, efficient service delivery
- To ensure easy access to quality services and supports
- To ensure human rights and eliminate discrimination and stigma
- To focus not only on intervention strategies, but programs that promote prevention and early intervention as well
- To implement services, supports, and policies that promote resiliency and recovery
- To provide an array of programs and funding that build on individual and family strengths with emphasis on community supports
- To recognize, respect, and accommodate the unique needs and differences in all people
Programs and services developed throughout Fayette County are both specialized and broad; in some ways, requiring diligent and constant review and enhancement in order to provide for variations in age, complex conditions, co-occurring disorders, and social and economic factors. Services currently available in Fayette County include, but are not limited to:
- Adult Services (PDF)
- Children’s Services (PDF)
- Family Services (PDF)
- Intellectual Disability Services (PDF)
- Mental Health Services (PDF)
The subject of Mental Health and Wellness is multi-faceted and quite involved, making it impossible to cover adequately here, but we have attempted to provide you with tools and resources that may help you or someone you love better understand this complicated and evolving subject. If you are unable to find the help you need, please call us at 724-430-1370 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All calls are confidential.