Mental Health / Autism / Developmental Programs

Andrea Kepler, Administrator
100 Chestnut Street, 1st Floor
Harrisburg, PA  17101
Phone: (717) 780-7050
Fax: (717) 780-7061

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The Dauphin County Department of MH/A/DP Programs provides funding and administrative oversight for services in our community that support people and their families living with developmental delays, mental illness, and intellectual disabilities. Our mission is to assure that these services are of the highest quality possible, are cost-effective, and are readily available to all who need them. We promote family-centered services in our early intervention program, recovery and resiliency in our mental health program, and self-determination in our intellectual disabilities program.


Every person and family that we serve will have a network of family, friends, advocates, and supportive services to provide assistance in living a full and productive life in our community.


The Dauphin County Department of MH/A/DP Programs will develop a continuum of services that assures that:

  1. All persons, families, providers, and community partners are treated with honesty, dignity, and respect.
  2. Service providers work in partnership with individuals, family members identified by the individual or family, and other providers to assure consistency and coordination of services.
  3. Service providers share in the responsibility for positive results from services and supports, and they undertake active measures to facilitate individual and family success.
  4. Services are developed to meet identified needs of individuals and families and are readily accessible and available.
  5. Services are delivered in a manner that improves individual's life satisfaction and promotes independence.
  6. Individuals maintain control of their lives and exercise choice in the services and supports that they receive.
  7. Individuals are encouraged to use natural supports in their communities and to exercise their rights to participate fully in their communities.
  8. The health and safety of individuals is promoted and protected, and their rights are abridged only to protect the health and safety of the individual or the community.
  9. Funds are utilized efficiently and equitably.
  10. Individual, family, and cultural experiences, values, and preferences are respected and are integral to service planning.

Adopted by the MH/ID Advisory Board on 3/31/11