Lehigh County has launched a comprehensive, Internet-based community resource for individuals, families, and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness. The Network of Care is an online information place that provides a community resource directory, communication and advocacy tools.
The new Web site enables people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives, advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.
The Network of Care project was developed by Trilogy Integrated Resources with an innovation grant from the State of California. The Network of Care is being provided to all counties in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMSAS). Each County has the ability to customize their Network of Care site with local resource information and announcements.
The Network of Care was recognized as a recommended model program in the 2003 President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health report. Click Here to Read Excerpt of the report.
Local / Regional Announcements: Information and announcements provided by Lehigh County and OMSAS.
National News: current news related to behavioral health issues
Resource Directory: Directory of social services and supports available to people in Lehigh County. Information and can searched by: category drill-down, agency name search, keyword search, and an advanced search.
Library: Library containing more than 30,000 articles, fact sheets and reports produced by the leading experts and organizations in the health field. The Library includes detailed descriptions of mental health conditions, developmental disabilities, Drug & Alcohol issues, recovery and treatment, medications, and much more.
Legislate: The Legislate section provides information and tools to learn more about pending state and federal legislation and to communicate with elected officials. All state and federal legislation related to health and behavioral health issues is available in this section.
Links: An expansive collection of health, behavioral health, and related websites in local, state, and national categories and organized by topic.
Insurance: Information and links to all free and low-cost insurance and entitlement programs in Pennsylvania and private insurance options. Section includes links to apply for coverage online.
Support and Advocacy: Links to local, state, and national organizations that provide assistance, support, information and advocacy to behavioral health consumers, families and service providers. Includes a search tool for nationwide support group information.
My Folder: In the Network of Care, anyone can create a secure personal folder to store articles, links, community resources, and other information found within the Network of Care site. The folder includes sections to organize and store important medical and healthcare-related information.
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP): Within the My Folder section, users can create a WRAP. WRAP was developed by Mary Ellen Copeland and is a tool for self-management and recovery that is unique to each individual. It provides an outline to help identify individual triggers and a plan of action. To learn more about WRAP, please watch this online training.