November 22, 2014
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Lehigh County Behavioral HealthChoices
Lehigh County Government Center
17 South Seventh Street
Allentown Pennsylvania 18101

Phone: 610-782-3945
Fax: 610-820-3689

HealthChoices Program

The Lehigh County HealthChoices Program is committed to ensuring that every person with serious mental illness and/or addictive disease, and every child and adolescent who abuses substances and/or has a serious emotional disturbance will have the opportunity for growth, recovery and inclusion in their community, will have access to services and supports of their choice, and enjoy a quality of life that includes family and friends.

Program Description
HealthChoices Program offers medically necessary mental health and drug and alcohol services to Medical Assistance eligible children and adults. Individuals are offered a choice of providers for needed mental health or drug and alcohol treatment services. The Lehigh County HealthChoices program is managed by the Departments' Office of Human Services, which also includes the Offices of Mental HealthIntellectual Disabilitites (formerly Mental Retardation) / and Drug and Alcohol. The HealthChoices program in Lehigh County is adminstered through a subcontract with Magellan Behavioral Health.

Please note that Physical Health services through the HealthChoices Program continues to be managed and overseen directly by the Office of Medical Assistance Programs and Department of Health. For information on the specific Physical Health Managed Care Organizations (PH-MCOs), please see the links at the bottom of the page.

Services provided include, but are not limited to:

  • Inpatient psychiatric hospitalization
  • Inpatient drug and alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation
  • Psychiatric outpatient and partial hospitalization
  • Outpatient drug and alcohol services
  • Family-based mental health services (21 years of age and younger)
  • Target case management (intensive case management and resource coordination)
  • Certified Peer Support
  • Behavioral health rehabilitation services for children and adolescents
  • Residential treatment services (21 years of age and younger)
  • Non-hospital drug and alcohol residential detoxification and rehabilitation
  • Methadone & Levo - Alpha - Acetyl - Methanol (LAAM)
  • Crisis Intervention Services

For a complete list of services and the providers that offer them, please refer to the Magellan Behavioral Health Provider List. Please note that this list is subject to change.

Medical Necessity Criteria for Services

*Information on Complaints and Grievances*

Any question(s) about services should be directed to Magellan B.H. at the following number:

1-866-238-2311 or (TTY) 1-866-238-2313

For information on complaints and grievances, how to file a complaint or grievance, or how to get help with such, please see the Section Links box at the top left corner of this webpage.

Magellan of PA website: 

Lehigh County Magellan Member Handbook

Lehigh County Magellan Member Handbook (espanol)

Medicaid in Pennsylvania - Overview 

Department of Public Welfare (DPW) - Home Page 

Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) - Home Page

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration (SAMHSA) - Home Page

Lehigh County HealthChoices Fraud and Abuse Hotline - The following hotline is available to anyone who would like to report suspected fraud and/or abuse related to a Medical Assistance/HealthChoices program. Please call (610) 782-3440.

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