Butler County 2017/2018 Human Services Block Grant Plan



System Vision


Butler County is a safe and thriving place to live and work, where individuals and families reach their highest possible potential and are educated, productive, and self-sufficient, vested members of the community.


Mission Statement


It is the mission of the Butler County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Program to ensure that there is a comprehensive array of services for children and adults with special needs that promotes their quality of life and enables them to participate as productive members of our community.


About the Butler County MH/EI/ID Program


The Butler County Mental Health/Early Intervention/Developmental Disabilities Program ensures that a comprehensive array of quality services is available for residents, both children and adults, living in Butler County. These services include educational, therapeutic, social, vocational, and residential programs.


The primary role of the Butler County MH/EI/ID Administration is to provide for the planning, development, evaluation, and coordination of these services within a locally accountable, community-based system.


The majority of funding for these programs comes from the Commonwealth of PA and the Federal Government. These funds, along with county contributions, total approximately $21.5 million annually and are distributed through the MH/EI/ID Administration to support the operation of various services available to Butler County residents with special needs.


The Butler County MH/EI/ID Program operates under the direction of the Butler County Commissioners and with the guidance and support of the MH/EI/ID Advisory Board. The MH/EI/ID Advisory Board consists of residents of Butler County, including doctors, lawyers, educators, representatives from the business sector, law enforcement officials, and interested people in the community, including consumers and their families. The MH/EI/ID Advisory Board assists the Butler County MH/EI/ID Program in achieving its purpose through collaboration around such issues as program planning, evaluation, budgeting, quality assurance, and establishing policies for service delivery.



Other Departments of Butler County Human Services


Drug and Alcohol Program

This department of Butler County Human Services is the centralized system that provides administration, planning, coordination, and evaluation of the public drug and alcohol service system within the area. Butler County D&A also provides information and referral for county residents seeking substance abuse treatment, as well as funding for these services.

Children and Youth Services

This department of Butler County Human Services is mandated by law to protect children from abuse and neglect. CYS attempts to preserve families whenever possible and to provide permanent, safe homes for children, either by assuring safety within the child's own family, or by finding an adoptive home or another permanent setting for those children who cannot be reunified with their families.



Service Provider Information


Center for Community Resources, Inc.

CCR is the agency designated to connect individuals and families with effective mental health, mental retardation, and substance abuse services.

The Citizens' Resource Guide to Disasters

This is a useful tool for the citizens of Butler County in preparing for and responding to disaster.

Network of Care

A website where individuals, families and agencies who are concerned with behavioral health can find services, learn about wellness recovery action plan, visit an online library of resrouces & so much more!



Additional Resources


Butler Collaborative for Families

The mission of the Butler Collaborative for Families is to build a unified and integrated network of services by using a multiple-agency approach to break down barriers and strengthen the system of care for the children and families of Butler County.


NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support, and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses.

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare

The mission of DPW is to promote, improve, and sustain the quality of family life; break the cycle of dependency; promote respect for employees; protect and serve Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens; and manage the public welfare resources effectively.

Office of Developmental Programs

The Office of Developmental Programs is the department within the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare that directs the fiscal and program planning, management and oversight of all intellectual disabilities services including state operated facilities, community programs, and early intervention programs.

Office of Child Development & Early Learning

Early Intervention is a program that helps families develop their child's potential. All children grow and learn at different rates. Children who are developing more slowly than typical children are offered Early Intervention services. Support services are offered to their families.

Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is the department within the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare that is responsible for the oversight of County Mental Health Programs, licensure of MH facilities and services, and contract oversight of the Health Choices managed Behavioral Health Program.

Pennsylvania Health Law Project

Pennsylvania Health Law Project provides legal services and advocacy to Pennsylvanians having trouble accessing publicly funded health care coverage or services.

Recovery Resources

This website provides a wide range of resources to assist consumers and professionals in their work to create a more recovery-oriented mental health system.


SAMHSA, an office of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, focuses on improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services that build resilience and facilitate recovery for people with or at-risk of substance abuse and/or mental illness.

Southwest Behavioral Health Management

Southwest Behavioral Health Management is a collaboration of Armstrong/Indiana, Butler, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties' MH/MR and D&A agencies that oversee the Health Choices program and partnership with Value Behavior Health of PA.