Peer Information

Not sure where to start?    Call 724-847-6225 and ask for a Drug and Alcohol (D&A), Intellectual Disability (ID), or Mental Health (MH) Specialist.


Peer Information

Mental Health Association (MHA)
105 Brighton Avenue
Rochester, PA 15074

Joanne Koehler (Executive Director)
Phone:  724-775-4165
Office Hours:  8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri
The Mental Health Association in Beaver County promotes the importance of mental health by providing advocacy, support and socialization programs, making a positive impact in the lives of those who strive for improvement in their recovery and quality of life, and by working diligently to change attitude towards mental illness through education.  Services are provided to residents of Beaver County at no cost.  Click here for a printable MHA brochure.

MHA programs:

  • Phoenix Drop-In Center: Provides a safe and supportive network of education, recreation, volunteer, and peer support opportunities.
  • Personal Care Resocialization: Outreach social programs for adults residing in personal care homes.
  • Health & Recovery Partners: Peer Support that provides one-on-one support of educational life management skills and goal planning.
  • Representative Payee: Provides assistance with budgeting, bill paying, and managing SSI/SSDI benefits for individuals that are receiving behavioral health services.
  • Community Advocate:  Provides information and support for individuals concerning rights and responsibilities, recovery, and assistance with accessing community resources.
  • Parent/Child Advocate:  Provides support and information for families in need of educational, emotional, or behavioral support in a school setting.
  • HealthChoices Ombudsman:  Assists individuals and families by providing information about managed care, help with filing complaints and grievances, and support with the appeal process.
  • C/FST (Consumers/Family Satisfaction Team):  Interviews to assess satisfaction with behavioral health services and provides feedback to Beaver County Behavioral Health, Value Behavioral Health of PA, and providers.
  • Warm Line: Peer-to-Peer non-crisis telephone support that operates 365 days a year, including holidays, from 6-9pm.  724-775-9507
  • Friendship Room: Group social activities held once a month for adult recipients of behavioral health services

Phoenix Drop-In Center at the MHA

Jennifer Bentz (Director)
Phone:  724-775-9507 
The Phoenix Drop In Center, located on the first floor of 105 Brighton Avenue, Rochester, PA 15074, is open on weekdays from 9:30am until 4:30 pm.   Wednesday is WELLNESS DAY.  There is always a good wellness discussion just before lunch.  Lunch is offered FREE, for members, Monday through Friday. While you’re there, participate in the latest events and activities.  There’s always something new to try with your friends or make some new friends!  Visit the Phoenix Center Calendar to learn more.

Phoenix Drop In Center News:

  • Pool Night: An evening for fun, snacks and a chance to improve your pool skills.
  • Rebuilders: A peer-run self-help group
  • Round Table Discussions: Annual events held in the Drop-In Center, where legislators and stakeholders meet and discuss legislation’s impact on the behavioral health system.
  • CSP: (Community Support Program):   A coalition of local mental health consumers, family members, and professionals who work together with the goal of helping to enrich the lives of individuals living in the community.
  • The Café – Open from 12:30pm-4:00pm, Monday and Friday, the newly remodeled Café boasts cozy furniture, delicious cappuccinos, and a relaxing environment for fun activities and peer support.
  • Laundry – Laundry services are available on Tuesdays from 9am-4pm, Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm, and Thursdays from 12:00pm to 4:00 pm.  The cost is only $1.50 per load and FREE transportation is provided on Tuesdays.  Call 724-775-9507 for an appointment.
  •  Ladies Lounge – An evening of good conversation, support and relaxation.  Join us on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 4:30pm through 8:00pm for the support you can only get from other women. A light dinner will be served at 6pm.
  • WRAP® Plan (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) – Design your personal plan for WELLNESS!  YOU can create and manage your own WRAP® Plan at the Mental Health Association Café in Rochester, PA.  Pre-registration is required.  For information contact Jennifer Bentz at 724-775-9507.


Consumer Family Satisfaction Team

 Program fact sheet –  (C/FST)

Your Voice in Recovery!

Did you know that you can complete a new C/FST survey every 6 months?  It’s true. If you use Adult Mental Health Services, Adult Drug & Alcohol Services, or Children’s Mental Health Services and you haven’t done a survey in the past  six months, please click here to tell us your experience or call the number below to schedule a phone interview.   Either way, your survey is anonymous.  Thanks for letting us know how we are doing!

C/FST of Beaver County

139 Brighton Ave
Rochester, PA  15074
724-775-0266 (fax)



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NAMI Beaver County   1229 3rd Avenue   Beaver, PA  15009   724-888-6877


NAMI – BEAVER COUNTY is an educational, advocacy and support group for families, consumers, and professionals dealing with serious mental illness (SMI) or brain disorders. We support each other by educating ourselves through research, attending conferences, and sharing this information with others.  Some NAMI-BC members also offer support to others by sharing knowledge gained through lived experience of dealing with SMI on a personal level.

Support Groups

Ongoing meetings:

  • NAMI CONNECTION, a structured, peer-led support group for people living with mental health challenges.  This group is free of cost and meets every Tuesday for lunch (which begins at noon).  Then, you will gain insights as NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve “been there” lead the group as they share their experiences, struggles and successes.   Join the group and connect!
  • NAMI SUPPORT GROUP meetings occur on the third Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm.  Here, you can join other family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illnesses and share your experiences in a safe and confidential setting.   You will gain hope, develop supportive relationships, identify local resources and learn how to use them.  Welcome!
  • PARTNERS OF BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP   This group meets to learn more about Borderline Personality Disorder and to share coping strategies when living with a loved one/partner who has BPD.  Call 724-888-6877 for more information!

Education Programs

  • NAMI PEER-TO-PEER EDUCATION PROGRAM begins every March and every September.  This recovery education course lasts five weeks and is free and open to anyone experiencing a mental health challenge. The course runs from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  It is designed to encourage growth, healing and recovery among participants.  Call 724-888-6877  for more information!

As always, go to for more details and to find the latest news about events, trainings and support at NAMI in Beaver County.



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Click on the VBH logo (above) to go to the VBH of PA (Beaver County) website.



Past Beaver County VBH Award Recipients

2017 Adult Leadership in Recovery Award:      Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania’s 17th Annual Adult Recovery Forum, “Realizing Recovery:  Coping with Emotions” was held on April 21, 2017 at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

The 2017 Beaver County award recipient is Linda Ogden, for her passionate work involving trafficked, homeless and street people as they strive to maintain their basic needs and regain independence.  Linda is a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), a Forensic Peer Specialist (FPS) and the founder of Project 3MP, LLC.  Linda is concerned for an increase of human trafficking victims as industry develops in Beaver County.  She works tirelessly to grow her organization and continue the street outreach necessary to address the needs of this population.

Linda Ogden Award Photo

2016 Adult Leadership in Recovery Award:        Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania’s 16th Annual Adult Recovery Forum, “Realizing Recovery –Keys to Success,” was held on April 15, 2016 at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Approximately 500 individuals attended the event.

Representing Beaver County, Bob Curtis won the award for his 10 years of outstanding service at The Mental Health Association, on The Speaker’s Bureau and at The Phoenix Drop-In Center.  Congratulations Bob!  (And thanks for juggling!)

Bob Curtis

2015 Exceptional Caregiver Award:  To acknowledge HealthChoices families and their journeys in the behavioral health and/or substance abuse service system, Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania, Inc. (VBH-PA) publicly acknowledged HealthChoices families from the following counties: Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland whom have demonstrated courage, creativity and leadership along their journeys. One award from each county was presented and Sandra DeSalle was the honoree for Beaver County this year. Congratulations, Sandra! This was an acknowledgement in the form of a beautifully designed award presented on October 2, 2015 during the 9th Annual Family Forum – “Broadening Our Possibilities—Hope for Tomorrow”. We have worked with Sandra in many ways via Health Choices and the Beaver County System of Care.  She has been a dependable and valuable member of the System of Care for more than 7 years.  She is an active grandparent to her grandchildren and supports others raising their grandchildren.  Sandra is an exceptional person.





Aurora Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

Aurora Psychiatric Rehabilitation provides services which focus on recovery and rehabilitation.  Staff members support individuals with psychiatric disabilities as they work to increase their success and satisfaction in roles and environments of their choice.  Certified Peer Specialists are available to help people choose, get, and keep the roles that are important to them in living, learning, working and socializing environments.

BEAVER, PA 15009  724-775-2298





  The Human Services Center

A comprehensive community behavioral health center in New Castle, proudly announces the opening of Caritas PetCare, a free full-service kennel for dogs and cats when the pet’s owner is experiencing a short term crisis: in-patient psychiatric hospitalization, a medical emergency, displacement due to a natural disaster, escape from a domestic violence situation, or other such emergency.




Other Resources

Beaver County’s NEW Guide to Care following Hospitalization – Aftercare Brochure

What can I do if I am in Crisis? (8 ½” x 11” printable PDF format)

What can I do if I am in Crisis? (printable PDF tri-fold brochure)

Advantages of Choosing a Voluntary Commitment (“a 201”) (8 ½” x 11” printable PDF format) Advantages of Choosing a Voluntary Commitment (“a 201”) (printable PDF tri-fold brochure)

The Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery

Recovery Coordinators

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse

Healthy Place – America’s Mental Health Channel

I’m the Evidence™ (Mental Health Association in PA) – A Mental Health Campaign celebrating Hope, Encouragement and Recovery. Share your story!

Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition (PBHAC) – A statewide coalition of individuals and organizations concerned about the unmet mental health and substance abuse needs of older adults across the Commonwealth.

Everything is Awful and I Am Not Okay – Questions to ask before giving up