Lancaster County

Lancaster County

Lancaster County, whose county seat is the city of Lancaster, is located in south central Pennsylvania, approximately 70 miles west of Philadelphia and 35 miles east of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital. Lancaster is bordered by the Susquehanna River to the west and the State of Maryland to the south. Lancaster is governed by a board of three county commissioners, who are elected for terms of four years.

Lancaster County was proclaimed the fourth county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on May 10, 1729. Lancaster County is 946 square miles, consists of 60 municipal divisions including the city of Lancaster, 18 boroughs and 41 townships. Lancaster has been a third class county since 1962. The County population now exceeds 530,000 residents. The City of Lancaster has approximately 60,000 residents.


Mental Health Services

The Lancaster County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (BHDS) has been responsible for managing the local public mental health system since 1969. In 1973, publicly funded Drug and Alcohol services came into existence and joined the Lancaster County BHDS program, under the Planning Council model. Both agencies continued in tandem to serve the publicly funded individual until 1989, when the Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission became a separate Lancaster County department, called a Single County Authority.

The Lancaster County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission serve individuals who are enrolled in Medical Assistance and those who are not enrolled in Medical Assistance, including the uninsured, the underinsured, and those whose insurance programs have capped-out.

Drug and Alcohol Services

Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission directly offers, through its staff of eight employees and its County Commissioners appointed Executive Director, administration, prevention, consultation and case management services. Through its contracted network of providers, the Program offers the following drug and alcohol services: inpatient rehabilitation, intensive outpatient, outpatient, Detox, methadone, and halfway house treatment.

During fiscal year 2013-2014, the Commission provided treatment services for 499 Lancaster citizens in Detox, 413 in rehab, 10 in halfway house, 30 in partial and 1,293 clients in outpatient therapy. More than 10,000 citizens were served in the prevention programs.