Fayette County Behavioral Health Administration (FCBHA) is part of Fayette County
Government and is overseen directly by its Board of Commissioners. FCBHA is the local
authority, established by the Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities Act of 1966, charged with
the responsibility of assuring that quality, evidence-based, recovery-oriented programs and
services are readily available to residents throughout Fayette County. To achieve this goal, a
highly skilled and knowledgeable staff works diligently to develop, monitor, and maintain an
appropriate mix of programs and services critical to those individuals with Intellectual
Disabilities and/or Mental Health disorders.
Fayette County Behavioral Health Administration (FCBHA) is regulated by the Pennsylvania
Department of Human Services (DHS) through its various offices including:
The FCBHA vision and mission statements reflect a dedication and commitment to the goal of
providing opportunities for individuals to find growth, recovery, and quality of life along their
journey to health and wellness. To enable us to operate with a greater understanding of Fayette
County citizens across all cultural, social, economic, and educational backgrounds, FCBHA
consults regularly with two advisory boards the Behavioral Health Advisory Board and the
HealthChoices Advisory Board.
Fayette County (FCBHA) is known state-wide as a pioneer in managing HealthChoices, the
behavioral health portion of the managed care program for Medical Assistance recipients. While
other counties contract with Behavioral Health Managed Care Organizations (BHMCO), Fayette
County became the first county certified by the Department of Human Services a BHMCO and
also has a Utilization Review license. Each requires FCBHA to ensure that Medical Assistance
recipients receive quality medical care and timely access to appropriate mental health and/or
drug and alcohol services, a great benefit to all residents of Fayette County
This approach is now commonly referred to, among other Pennsylvania counties, as the “Fayette
Model” and has proven to be a much more effective and creative way to deliver behavioral
health care. With care-managers in place for the most complicated cases, and a staff that knows
the resources of our county well, administrative costs have been consistently and substantially
lower than those of any other county. However, as a BHMCO, Fayette County takes full
responsibility for any financial gains or losses. We are happy to report that through efficient
management, we have experienced gains in 10 of the 11 years of operation, allowing us to create
and maintain programs and services that meet the needs of the County very well.
Categories of program and service development and delivery include the following areas:
• Early Intervention – services and programs for children to age 3 who are
diagnosed with a 25% developmental delay or referred for issues in one or more of the
following areas: Cognitive, physical, self-help, adaptive, social, emotional, or
• Intellectual Disabilities – programs and services for individuals having a diagnosed Intelligence Quotient (IQ) below 70 prior to becoming 22 years of age. If eligible, home and community-based services are recommended to assist in the acquisition, retention, or improvement of skills related to living and working in the community and to prevent institutionalization (there may be a wait for some programs as they do reach capacity).
• Mental Health – Programs and services for individuals living and coping with
emotional and behavioral disorders, including those with serious mental illness.
If you have experienced problems finding appropriate mental health services, have a question or concern about the mental health and welfare of someone you love,
or would like to discuss a behavioral health issue, you are welcomed to call 724-430-1370 from 8AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
If you are experiencing a crisis, please call 724-437-1003 anytime.
Fayette County Board of Commissioners
Vincent A. Vicites, Chairman
Dave Lohr, Vice Chair
Angela M. Zimmerlink, Secretary