York Rescue Mission to offer mental health services on site

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A Midstate rescue mission is joining forces with a counseling organization to provide free mental health and behavioral services on site.

The York Rescue Mission men’s shelter, at 367 West Market Street, also owns the building two doors down, and it’s being renovated for a new partnership.

Bells tolled in the streets of York Sunday, and life is taking its toll on Scott Peters.

“I’m a manic-depressive and have Impulse Control Disorder,” Peters said.

Peters served as military police in the U.S. Army, lost part of his leg in a motorcycle accident, and is now dealing with his emotions and homelessness at the York Rescue Mission.

“You don’t want to get out of bed. You don’t want to do anything. You just want to stay away from everybody,” Peters said. “They’ve got me on medication now, so that helps, but having a counselor to talk to always helps.”

Peters will soon able to get more help at the mission. They’re partnering with Safe Harbor Christian Counseling and estimate 80 percent of residents have a mental or behavioral health issue.

“My dad was in the Air Force, and he was very physically and mentally abusive,” said Robert Batdorf, who’s also staying at the York Rescue Mission.

Batdorf also served as a U.S. Army military police officer in Germany. He’s trying to overcome what happened in his childhood and is setting goals for his future.

“I want to finish my book, get a job, live. Right now it’s hard to do that,” Batdorf said.

“Life comes along and starts beating you up, and you start to lose those dreams. We want to help these guys and the women over at the women’s shelter dream again,” said Scott Beattie, life skills director at the York Rescue Mission.

The mission is getting the new counseling building ready now. They’ll paint a lighthouse on the wall, the symbol of Safe Harbor Christian Counseling, and bring life to the old building so residents can dream again.

“They’ve got to seek help. Don’t try to do it alone. I did that, and it doesn’t work. You’ve got to find help,” Peters said.

Those at the mission expect the new program to launch in mid to late August and offer mental health services two days a week. Safe Harbor will bill the resident’s insurance. The mission is looking for donations to help those who don’t have health insurance.

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