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Boards of Directors Vote to Approve Affiliation

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Stairways Behavioral Health and Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems Announce Plans to Affiliate

Boards of directors approve resolution to integrate the behavioral health organizations

Erie, Pa. (April 8, 2014) --- Stairways Behavioral Health of Erie, Pa., and Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems of Bradford, Pa. have announced that their Boards of Directors have mutually approved a resolution to affiliate under a common Support Corporation.

In a recent phone conference with the combined staffs of the two organizations, CEOs William McCarthy (Stairways) and Rick Seager (Beacon Light) outlined the next step in the process. Both organizations are working with counsel to finalize details of the detailed plan of affiliation, and must submit of a copy of the definitive agreement for approval by the Pennsylvania State Attorney General.

Through affiliation, Stairways and Beacon Light board members and administrators will share an active role in governing the affiliated system, integrating administration in the areas of finance, information technology and human resources, among others. Stairways will continue to maintain local governance of its programs and services, as will Beacon Light maintain local governance of its existing, distinct companies.

The two organizations have already enjoyed a long term working partnership in Warren County, providing both private and inpatient psychiatry and substance abuse services. This affiliation expands upon that successful partnership.

Stairways currently employs approximately 500 people in Erie and Crawford counties and generates yearly revenues of $25 million through comprehensive behavioral health programs, including adult treatment and rehabilitation, forensic, substance abuse and crisis services, child and adolescent programming, housing and vocational support, arts and community wellness.

Beacon Light employs over 650 people in McKean, Warren, Forest, Clearfield, Jefferson and Bradford counties, with a wide spectrum of child and family programs in residential and community settings. Beacon Light generates over $30 million in annual revenue.

Once completed, the affiliation will make Stairways Behavioral Health and the Beacon Light companies the largest and most comprehensive behavioral health services provider across the entire Northwestern Pennsylvania region.

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