Medical Services: Behavioral Health Access Center
The Access Center is the central point of contact for the Blair County MH/MR/D&A Program to arrange services for persons experiencing mental illness and/or drug or alcohol problems. The Access Center serves all persons receiving county funding, state Medical Assistance and those with private-pay insurance coverage for these services. It also serves as a free source of information and referral.
Purpose of the Behavioral Health Access Center
The Access Center is a telephone-managed center that offers confidential and easy access to the mental health services and drug and/or alcohol services that are offered by county contracted treatment providers.
The Access center does not treat persons, but will determine the type of services needed, and will link consumers with their choice of providers. Generally, triage staff of the Access Center will arrange an appointment for the consumer with the provider of choice at the time of contact. Anyone needing mental health or drug and alcohol services may call the Access Center at 814-889-2289 or 1-800-540-4690.
Please be prepared to offer a summary of the problem you or the person you are referring is experiencing. The Access Center staff member, who is clinically-trained, will determine the least restrictive, clinically appropriate level of treatment. The Access Center staff will ask you to choose the provider of that service and will make an appointment for you with that chosen provider.
When you call, please have your insurance information along with demographic (age, gender, etc.) information available. For example, your insurance card or medical assistance card. Services are provided to all age groups and are available on a sliding scale based upon your ability to pay.
Hours of Operation
The Access Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 814-889-2289 or 1-800-540-4690. Any contact after regular hours is handled by the Community Crisis Center, which is a component of the Access Center. The Crisis Center is available 24 hours a day to respond to emergencies at 814-889-2289.
We are conveniently located in Blair Medical Center, 501 Howard Ave., across from Altoona Hospital campus. We are in Building C, Suite 200. While we are primarily a telephone service, walk-ins are welcome.
The Access Center serves all persons without regard to race, creed, gender, age, national origin, disability or social and economic status.