In 2013 the Centre County Partnership for Community Health (CCPCH) in partnership with Mount Nittany Health conducted a county wide Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA was a tool to better understand the needs and assets of Centre County, as identified by the community, stakeholders and thought leaders.
The 2013 CHNA identified Mental Health as one of the most pressing health issues of our community. CCPCH hosted a series of brown bag lunches in 2013 around the identified topic of Mental Health. Eventually, this informal gathering around brown bag lunches became a cross-sector coalition welcoming members from various agencies, mental health providers, physical health providers and not for profit organizations. The Coalition now known as the Community Mental Health Committee meets monthly acting as a centralized hub to exchange information, address shared issues of concern, and work collaboratively on identified projects.
The 2016 CHNA identified Mental Health/Behavioral Health as one of the top three most pressing issues for our shared community clearly demonstrating the work of the Community Mental Health Committee carries on.