Expanding access to mental health services
Like many rural communities across the country, our region has a higher share of aging residents, with more health problems, and limited access to health services compared to urban areas.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 20% of U.S. residents age 55+ have a mental disorder, including depression—which carries a high risk of suicide.
Yet area residents often don’t seek help for these issues because of the stigma of mental illness.
"Mental health recovery is a journey of healing and transformation enabling a person with a mental health problem to live a meaningful life in a community of his or her choice while striving to achieve his or her full potential."
--National Consensus Statement on Mental Health Recovery
Geisinger is there
Promoting mental wellness and recovery
Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC) has a unique partnership and provides support to Scranton Counseling Center, a private, nonprofit organization designed to meet the needs of children and adults of all ages with various emotional, developmental, and addictive difficulties.
Scranton Counseling Center is a comprehensive behavioral healthcare program providing a complete range of wellness and recovery services in an environment which is sensitive to the unique, personal and cultural needs of the community, while respecting their individual dignity and confidentiality.
Scranton Counseling Center's available programs and services include:
Psychological testing and assessment
Comprehensive psychiatric services
Specialized services for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Therapeutic staff support
Behavioral specialist consultation
Family support services
24-hour crisis intervention/emergency
Employee assistance programs
Family-based mental health services
24-hour crisis services available
Scranton Counseling Center provides 24-hour telephone crisis intervention. Crisis services are located at GCMC after 4:30 p.m. daily and 24 hours per day on weekends. This unique partnership helps ensure that all community members have a place to turn in a crisis.
Walk-in crisis services
Scranton Counseling Center services include assessment, information and referral, crisis counseling, assessment of need and access to community resources. After hours and on weekends, crisis services are located at GCMC, which include emergency services, psychiatric or medical consultation. This service also provides intake, documentation, evaluation, and follow-up.
Mobile crisis service
Scranton Counseling Center provides crisis intervention, assessment, counseling, resolution, referral and follow-up. The service provides linkages with other services and referrals. Access to mobile crisis service is obtained through approved sources.
Local agency personnel such as police, children and youth personnel, and Area Agency on Aging personnel can seek crisis services by contacting the Scranton Counseling Center and/or requesting crisis services at the GCMC emergency department.
Scranton Counseling Center
326 Adams Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
Phone (570) 348-6100