Welcome to Community Behavioral Health!

The information on this website is for Philadelphia residents who receive Medical Assistance from the state of Pennsylvania. Community Behavioral Health (CBH) manages your behavioral health care.

What is Behavioral Health Care?

Behavioral health care is different from physical health care. We are here to help you with:

  • A mental health condition
  • An alcohol or other drug challenges (substance use)
  • Both a mental health and substance use condition (also called co-occurring)

CBH can:

  • Answer your questions.
  • Help you find care providers near you.
  • Connect you to transportation resources.
  • Make sure you're receiving the right services.
  • Make sure your services are covered so you don’t have to pay for them.

The CBH Member Services Team is here to assist you at 1-888-545-2600. Member Services Representatives are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. This means you can talk to someone at CBH anytime. When you call CBH, our staff is always ready to help you. You can expect to be listened to, treated with courtesy and respect, and receive help with attempting to resolve difficulties you might be having.

If you speak a language other than English, staff can help you with interpreter services. If you are hearing impaired, you can call Member Services by using the Pennsylvania Relay Service: 1888- 436-7482.

If you have an emergency, always get help right away by calling 911 or going to the emergency room. You don’t need to call CBH first.

Your Member Handbook includes information about:

  • Information about who to call if, or when, you need help
  • How to get the care you need
  • Services available for adults and children
  • Important rights you have
  • Information on filing Complaints and Grievances
  • Mental Health Advance Directives

What is Community Behavioral Health?

The Philadelphia behavioral health system is made up of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), which includes Community Behavioral Health (CBH) and providers of services. The behavioral health system is here to help people recover from substance use or mental illness.

CBH is a managed care organization (MCO). CBH works with our Pennsylvania (PA) state partners at the PA Department of Human Services’ Office of Mental Health and Substance Use Services (OMHSAS). Together we manage behavioral health benefits for Philadelphia residents who receive Medical Assistance (MA), also known as Medicaid, through the PA Medicaid program, called HealthChoices.

As a Medicaid recipient, you can choose which physical health MCO will manage your physical health care. If you have questions about your physical healthcare plan, you can reach one of these Philadelphia physical healthcare plans:

  • Aetna Better Health
    2000 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Member Services: 1-866-638-1232
    (Text Telephone) TTY: Relay – 7-1-1
  • Health Partners Plans
    901 Market Street #500
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Member Services: 1-800-553-0784
    TTY: 215-849-1579
  • Keystone First
    200 Stevens Drive
    Philadelphia, PA 19113
    Member Services: 1-800-521-6860
    TTY: 1-800-684-5505
  • United Healthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania
    1100 East Penn Square #9
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Member Services: 1-800-321-4462
    TTY: 1-800-654-5984

CBH is the only behavioral health care MCO for Philadelphia County. CBH does not provide direct services. We help arrange and pay for your behavioral health services, which include mental health and substance use services.

CBH is a non-profit company that works with your service provider. CBH can answer your questions and make sure that you can find a provider near you and that you have a choice of providers. CBH makes sure that you are receiving the kind of services that you need and that the services are covered under HealthChoices. CBH may not cover all your health care expenses. Read your handbook carefully to determine which health care services are covered. You can call CBH at 1-866-545-2600 with any questions about which behavioral healthcare services are covered.

Emergencies – Adults

Emergency Services

If your emergency is life threatening, go directly to the nearest Emergency Room or Crisis Response Center.

EMERGENCY DEFINITIONS

What is an emergency?

An emergency is a serious, unexpected, and dangerous situation that may cause loss of life, damage to a person or property, and/or interference with the normal activities of a person.

What is a medical emergency?

A medical emergency is an injury or illness that can cause death or permanent injury if not fixed immediately.

What is a mental health emergency?

A mental health emergency is a life-threatening situation in which an individual is threatening harm to self or others, is severely disoriented or out of touch with reality, has a severe inability to function, or is out of control.

WHAT TO DO IN A MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY/ CRISIS RESPONSE CENTERS/ MOBILE CRISIS TEAMS

If you are an adult who is having a mental health or substance use emergency, please contact The Mobile Crisis Team at 215-686-6440 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week

OR

Walk into one of the Crisis Response Centers 24 hours a day/7 days a week listed below:

Friends Hospital, 4641 Roosevelt Blvd, 215-831-4600

Einstein Hospital, 5501 Old York Rd. 215-951-8300

Temple Episcopal Hospital, 100 E Lehigh Ave, 215-707-2577

Pennsylvania Hospital, 245 South 8th Street, 215-829-5433

Mercy Hospital, 501 South 54th Street, 215-748-9525

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS (see page ## for additional emergency phone numbers)

Suicide Hotline………………………………………………………215-686-4420

Suicide Hotline………………………………………………………1-800-273-TALK (8255)

If you are thinking about hurting yourself, please call the Suicide Hotline at 215-686-4420 or the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Someone will be available to take your emergency call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Office of Behavioral Health Emergency Line………215-685-6440

If you are not sure where to go, call The Office of Behavioral Health Emergency/Information Line at (215) 685-6440. Someone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will be able to help you in an emergency. They will direct you to the nearest service that will meet your needs. If necessary, they will send the Mobile Emergency Team (MET) to your location.

Emergencies - Children

For all children and teenagers (under age 18) who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use emergency, please call Mobile Crisis Team 215-688-6440 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week

OR

Go to the Philadelphia Children’s Crisis Response Center, 3300 Henry Avenue, Falls Two Building 215- 878-2600.