Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Expand ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Nine More Counties to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19, Counties Now Total 19, Including Lancaster County

Governor Wolf’s Amended Order
Secretary of Health’s Amended Order
Stay at Home Guidance



The County Government Center at 150 North Queen Street in Lancaster is closed to the public until further notice. For more information from the Lancaster County Commissioners click here.


For additional COVID-19/Coronavirus information and resources for BHDS please click here.


A note from Lancaster County BHDS Executive Director, Judy Erb


Hello Everyone –


In response to the COVID-19 or Coronavirus crisis, the Lancaster County Commissioners signed a Declaration of Disaster Emergency for Lancaster County. I’ve attached the document for you to review, just click here Declaration of Disaster Emergency . The Commissioners have given Department Heads the latitude to adjust business practices accordingly.


Providing needed support to our families and individuals has been at the forefront of our planning while also recognizing we need to conduct business in a different way for the safety and well-being of all our staff and the community at large.


We have identified essential business practices and how our staff will carry out those practices. The complete list can be found on the Lancaster County Government website County Office Essential Functions. You will also find the listed plan for all of the other County Departments as they may impact you as well.


Beginning March 18, 2020, until further notice, we are reducing the number of people working in our buildings so we can lessen the risk of illness through person-to-person contact.

  • Our Crisis Intervention Services will continue to be available, however Crisis staff will not be able to conduct outreach in the community. The phone number for Crisis is 717-394-2631.

  • Mental Health Intake appointments will be managed via telephone and no intakes will be scheduled until after 3/29. To schedule an intake please call 717-393-0421.

  • All Mental Health Case Managers, Supervisors, and Program Specialists will be working from home and will be available by phone and email.

  • All Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Entity staff, Supports Coordinators, Program Specialists, and Supervisors will work from home and be available by phone and email. 

  • All Early Intervention Supports Coordinators, Program Specialists, and Supervisors will work from home and be available by phone and email.

In my 30 years with BHDS and the County I have never been a part of anything like this. This is an unprecedented event in my lifetime and is forcing us to be creative. I know I speak for the BHDS Leadership in thanking our staff, and our provider network, as well as the families and individuals we serve, for your patience as we work through how to do business while mitigating the chances of exposure in this fluid and ever-evolving environment.



If you are experiencing a mental health emergency that 

requires immediate attention, 

please contact Crisis Intervention at 717-394-2631

Or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.



What We Believe

Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (BH/DS) believes that all individuals, 

birth through adulthood, should be viewed through their strengths 

and empowered to fulfill their life's purpose within an accepting and supportive community.