Olmstead Plan for Pennsylvania’s State Mental Health System

The Olmstead Plan for Pennsylvania’s State Mental Health System (Plan), first issued in 2011 and revised in 2013, reflects the commonwealth's continued progress toward ending the unnecessary institutionalization of adults who have a serious and persistent mental illness. The Plan contains specific steps for the commonwealth to take in order to achieve that goal and calls for implementation to be reviewed at regular intervals to assess progress and determine the need for revision and updates.

The revised Plan retains the core elements and principles of the original Plan and includes a revision explaining new funding sources for integrated housing through a demonstration project. Additionally, this revised Plan includes updates and new steps to help accomplish the goal of ending unnecessary institutionalization of adults with serious and persistent mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance, including those dually diagnosed with a substance use disorder, medical complication, or intellectual disability. The Plan emphasizes community integration including employment opportunities, while utilizing natural supports to assist individuals on their recovery journey.


Please contact Karen Ulp at kaulp@pa.gov with any questions regarding this Plan. Thank you for your continued partnership.


For additional information http://www.parecovery.org/