The Lackawanna-Susquehanna (L-S)
Behavioral Health Intellectual Disabilities Early
Intervention (BHIDEI) Program
serves more than
through various providers of
behavioral health and
intellectual disabilities services.
The program's service area consists
counties - Lackawanna and
Susquehanna - which have
a combined population of more
than 255,000 residents.
The BHIDEI program was started
in 1967 under provisions of the
Mental Health and Mental
Retardation Act passed by the
Each year, LSBHIDEI spends nearly
$67 million in public funds to make sure the behavioral health and intellectual
disabilities needs of its service area
communities are met.
The program's primary goal is to facilitate the inclusion and full participation of all persons with
behavioral health in their local community.
It organizes itself to proactively address the planning, development, procurement, management, and evaluation of services, thereby enhancing consumer satisfaction and positive personal outcomes.
And finally, the BHIDEI program assumes a leadership role in collaboration with consumers, families, advocates, providers and local government to ensure full participation of persons in their communities.
For a complete overview of the BHIDEI program, see our Overview