The Higher Standard Project

Thanks to a unique collaborative relationship, Bell is now offering services to help veterans of  U. S. military service.  The York County Department of Veterans Affairs and Bell have teamed up to create The Higher Standard Project, the county’s first privately funded recovery home for veterans undergoing treatment for substance abuse or trauma.

Set up in suburban York County, The Higher Standard Project home can hold up to six veterans capable of self-support while undergoing treatment in York County Veterans Wellness Court, or veterans recently discharged from long term in-patient treatment at a VA Medical Center. (Priority is given to combat veterans.)

[ WATCH THIS VIDEO from Our York Media about The Higher Standard Project ]

Often veterans in recovery struggle as they fend for themselves in environments that are not conducive to long-term recovery. We believe veterans can best flourish if given the opportunity to recover together in a residence that promotes wellness and the values of military service during a critical transition period.

The project has an advisory board comprised of Veterans Wellness Court mentors, alumni, and adult probation, federal VA judicial outreach, Bell Socialization, York County Veterans Outreach and York County Veterans Affairs to oversee the project, and has   received a full three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, aka CARF International.

The Higher Standard is privately funded through donations to York County Veterans in Need Fund. Donations can be made by check to the Veterans in Need Fund c/o York County Veterans Affairs or


For more information, contact Airis Mercado by email or call 717-848-5767, ext. 217.