Stairways in the News


Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA) now among the nation’s largest health, human services trade groups


Erie, Pa. (July 9, 2013) --- William F. McCarthy, President and CEO of Stairways Behavioral Health, has been named to serve on the board of directors of the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA), a new association that will be among the largest state health and human services trade groups in the nation.


“This really is a landmark moment for the provider community,” said RCPA President and CEO Richard Edley, Ph.D. “We’re really fortunate to have someone with Bill McCarthy’s skills and experience to help guide us as we head into this new era of service and advocacy.”


RCPA was created by a merger between the Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (PARF) and the Pennsylvania Community Providers Association (PCPA). Members of the two organizations met separately and voted unanimously to approve the merger, which takes effect July 1. The two associations, which share a long history of cooperation and partnerships, began exploring the merger in 2009.


The board will meet later this month to set its schedule and agenda for the coming year.


As a single entity, RCPA will continue the associations’ joint missions to enhance advocacy, education, project support, public information and policy development for the benefit of individuals with mental health and intellectual disabilities, addictive diseases and rehabilitation needs, and expand networking and training for association members.


Founded in 1972, PCPA is a statewide association that promotes a community-based, responsive and viable system of agencies providing quality services for individuals receiving mental health, intellectual disability, addictive disease and other related human services. PCPA represents more than 225 community-based agencies that provide mental health, intellectual and developmental disability, and substance use disorder services for children and adults. Members operate in all 67 counties and serve more than 1 million Pennsylvanians per year.


Since 1969, PARF has been actively working to improve the availability, accessibility and quality of rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities. With more than 90 members in Pennsylvania, PARF’s facilities serve individuals with physical, mental, social and/or emotional disabilities. PARF members offer services and programs that include medical, psychological, social, residential, educational, vocational and employment rehabilitation.


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Tread on Stigma 5K walk/run for Wellness

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Register now for the 1st Annual Stairways 5k Walk/Run for Wellness - for employees, their families and their friends at beautiful Presque Isle State Park.

Make plans to Tread on Stigma for camaraderie, wellness, and to educate the community.

All proceeds will be used to establish a 'Client Wellness Fund' for wellness-specific initiatives such as new sneakers, nutritional activities and fitness memberships for our clients.

Saturday, September 14
10:00am - 2:00pm
Registration at the Cookhouse, across from beach 7.

You can fill out, download and print the registration form here:


- Find it on the SBH intranet
- Pick up a form at the Main agency (2185 W. 8th Street)
- Call 814-878-3400 to have a form mailed to you.

Pa. Governor Appoints Stairways CEO to Board

Thursday, June 21, 2012
William F. McCarthy, CEO and President of Stairways Behavioral Health, has been appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to the Board of Trustees of Warren State Hospital. McCarthy’s executive nomination was Senate confirmed by a vote of 47-0.

Warren State Hospital is one of six state mental health hospitals and serves 13 counties, including Erie, Crawford, Mercer and Warren.

In addition to maintaining acquaintance with the operations of the hospital, McCarthy will help to further the means and methods of improving relations and understanding between Warren State Hospital and the communities which it serves.

Specific areas of advisement may include Continuity of Care issues pertaining to housing, medication issues and community services, as well as budgetary constraints and challenges.

Stairways Center City Arts Receives Asset Grant from the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Stairways Center City Arts was among 14 applicants – out of a total of 25 – to receive community asset grants from the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA). The grants were announced Nov. 10 , 2011 during a ceremony at the ECGRA office.

The Center City Arts application resulted in an award of $11,052., which will be used for studio arts programming and equipment upgrades to help cover general operational/instructional expenses.

Dual Diagnosis Outpatient Clinic Receives State-Wide Certification Award

Monday, April 18, 2011
Harrisburg, PA – Stairways Behavioral Health, Dual Diagnosis Outpatient Clinic, located in Erie, PA is the 2011 recipient of the Pennsylvania Certification Board’s President’s Award. The award was presented to Stairways on April 11, 2011 at PCB’s Annual Conference Awards Luncheon in Harrisburg. This prestigious award recognizes the contributions of a person or licensed facility/program that has demonstrated support of and advocacy for the certification process and the addiction/behavioral health field.

“We could not be more thrilled with the selection of Stairways for the President’s Award. They are more than deserving of this recognition” states PCB Executive Director, Mary Jo Mather.

Nominees for the President’s Award must also act with courage and vision; demonstrate leadership and contributions beyond the work of the agency; produce public benefit and/or social change; be licensed or monitored by the PA Department of Health or Public Welfare; and demonstrate advocacy for the certification process.

The unanimous selection of Stairways for the 2011 PCB President’s Award is supported by their mission – “To assist persons with mental health care needs by enhancing their quality of life through education, rehabilitation and treatment services.”

Attending the awards ceremony in Harrisburg were Pamela Ryan, therapist, and Elena Caplea, co-director of Stairways Dual Diagnosis Outpatient Clinic. “The odds of co-occurring addiction and mental health recovery increases greatly for those who build meaningful connections,” said Caplea, when accepting the award. “On behalf of Stairways and our many partners, we thank the PCB for being the connection and support for the providers of Pennsylvania.”

PCB has been credentialing addiction professionals for over 30 years in Pennsylvania.
Stairways has supported the professional development of their staff by encouraging staff to complete the PCB credentialing process.

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