Thursday, January 17, 2013

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resource Directory

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Offices of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), we would like to inform you about an online directory for deaf and hard of hearing resources.  This online resource directory is located on the Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s website via the following link:

The Directory provides general resources and services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.  A new addition will allow the directory to include specific categories for mental health services, intellectual disability services, substance abuse services and support groups. 

Since this is the only existing state-wide directory with the ability to provide comprehensive resources for the specialized population of deaf and hard of hearing children and adults, we are requesting that you ask your providers to complete and submit the online form found on the website. This form allows for the identification of any behavioral health services for the deaf and hard of hearing population.  The effectiveness of the directory will be based on the responsiveness of providers to include their information, so please convey the importance of their participation.
Thank you for your consideration of this request, and please contact Trisha Mader (OMHSAS) at 717.346.9937 or Sharon Behun (ODHH) at 717.783.4912 v/tty if you have any questions.

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