Mental Health Funding
For the past 13 years, Cumberland-Perry Mental Health has seen flat or decreased state funding, and faces a $2.5 million deficit. This deficit puts mental health services at risk.
Who It Affects
- Children, Adults, & Families
- County Human Services
- Community Law Enforcement & EMS
By The Numbers
- Cumberland County is the fastest growing county in PA, growing 10.2% from 2010 - 2020, and an additional estimated 3.5% from 2020 - 2022.
- State mental health funding in 2009 was $11,037,953. In 2023 it was $10,492,021.
- 911 received more than 1228 calls in 2022 for psychiatric assistance from police departments.
- Our county prison housed 342 people with a mental illness diagnoses in 2022.
- 13% of youth entering the Juvenile Probation system have had thoughts of suicide.
- 377 children were referred to our Children & Youth Services due to mental illness in 2022.
- Involuntary mental health commitment petitions increased 73% from 2019 to 2022.
What Happens If Funding Isn't Received
Cuts could be made to mental health services provided by the county. While no exact cuts have been determined, our list of services includes community employment, consumer driven services, social rehabilitation, family support services, housing support services, residential services, community service (CSP/PULSE), CASSP/ESAP & Teenline.
What We Are Doing
A meeting was held with state legislators and county officials on March 29, 2023 to discuss the mental health budget deficit and the effects it will have on our services provided.
Mental Health Town Halls
Newport: May 24 (6-7:30pm)
- Newport Assembly of God Family Life Center, 27 W Shortcut Rd., Newport
Shippensburg: May 1 (6-7:30pm)
Carlisle: April 19 (6-7:30pm)
Lower Allen Township: April 3 (6-7:30pm)
How You Can Help
Reach out to your state legislators and let them know how important mental health services are to our community, and the negative impact insufficient state funding will have on our Cumberland-Perry Mental Health services.
In The News
- 6.15.23 - Cumberland County commissioners pass resolution urging boost in mental health funding - The Sentinel
- 5.11.23 - Budget cuts to county mental health services could result in $3.15M in costs elsewhere - The Sentinel
- 5.4.23 - Community discusses mental health - Shippensburg News-Chronicle
- 4.19.23 - Cumberland Co. facing mental health budget cuts while waitlists are already years long - CBS 21
- 4.14.23 - Cumberland County plans second town hall meeting with focus on mental health funding - The Sentinel
- 4.6.23 - Cumberland Co. facing mental health funding deficit, possible cuts to service - ABC 27
- 4.5.23 - Cumberland County commissioners hold off cuts in service provider contracts for now - The Sentinel
- 4.3.23 - Leaders urge for sustainable funding for mental health - WGAL 8
- 3.23.23 - Cumberland County schedules April 3 town hall to gather public input on mental health funding crisis - The Sentinel
- 3.13.23 - Pennsylvania counties say they need more funding for mental health services - WITF
- 3.8.23 - Cumberland County looks for solutions to growing mental health issues - CBS 21