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County Social Services Prepare Their Plan for the Upcoming Year

Holly Leahy, Lebanon County MH/ID/EI Administrator

Every year, Pennsylvania’s 67 counties must prepare a Human Services Plan for the Department of Human Services, as a way to document what they’re doing and to see where there may be shortfalls in their services.

Last week, Holly Leahy, Administrator of the Mental Health/ Intellectual Disabilities/ Early Intervention Department presented the lengthy report to County Commissioners, before submitting it to the state.

The 69-page document is created by Leahy’s department, along with the Lebanon County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Lebanon County Probation Services and the Community Action Partnership.

Leahy said going through the development of the plan did not turn up any deficiencies in Lebanon County’s social service fabric, but she acknowledged the service system is always evolving:

Of course, Leahy said funding is the key to everything:

Lebanon County’s mental health system has been flat-funded for the past eleven years after receiving a ten percent funding reduction for mental health services.

Cumulatively, Lebanon County’s social service providers serve some 5,400 county citizens.