The Venango County Mental Health and Developmental Services Department (MHDS) manages all public funding available to county residents for mental health, intellectual disability and early intervention services.
- The County is legally required to make a range of services available to persons who meet qualifying criteria.
- These services must be comprehensive in scope and offered in the least restrictive environment possible.
- MHDS is part of County Government.
- MHDS assures that needed services are available to support persons with a mental illness or intellectual disability, and children aged birth to three (3) with a developmental delay, without discrimination.
- MHDS contracts with community non-profit and other service organizations for the vast majority of service delivery.
- MHDS monitors service delivery.
- MHDS provides information, referral, and support as needed.
Facts About Mental Illness
- Mental illnesses are surprisingly common; they affect almost every family in America.
- Mental illnesses do not discriminate—they can affect anyone.
- One in four adults—approximately 57.7 million Americans experience a mental health disorder in a given year.
- Mental illnesses are serious medical illnesses. They cannot be overcome through "will power" and are not related to a person's "character" or intelligence.
- With appropriate medication and a wide range of services tailored to their needs, most people who live with serious mental illnesses can significantly reduce the impact of their illness and find a satisfying measure of achievement and independence.
- Mental illness usually strike individuals in the prime of their lives, often during adolescence and young adulthood. All ages are susceptible, but the young and the old are especially vulnerable.
- Statistically, we are much more likely to experience having a mental illness than we are of being victimized by someone with mental illness.
What can you do to help those with mental illness?
- Respect the rights of people with mental illness.
- Don't discriminate when it comes to housing, employment, or education. Like other people with disabilities, people with mental health problems are protected under federal and state laws.
- Create an environment that builds on people's strengths and promotes understanding.
- Treat people with mental illness with respect and dignity, just as you would anybody else.
- Learn the facts about mental health and share them with others, especially if you hear something that isn't true.
"Be Kind For Everyone You Meet is Fighting A Hard Battle" ~Pindar~