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William F. Mccarthy Of Stairways Behavioral Health Named To State Child Advocacy Board

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC) is a trusted, effective voice for the Commonwealth’s 2.7 million children.

Erie, Pa. (September 30, 2013) --- William F. McCarthy, President and CEO of Stairways Behavioral Health, has been named to the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC). Founded in 1992, PPC is a statewide advocacy organization with an agenda that spans the life of a child – from birth to adulthood – and encompasses a multi-faceted approach to ensure child well-being.

PPC has earned a reputation as a trusted, effective voice for the commonwealth’s 2.7 million children, with numerous public policy victories over more than 20 years that have expanded early learning opportunities, improved children’s access to health care, kept children safer and improved our schools.

PPC is independent, non-partisan and research driven, working effectively with all sides toward the goal of crafting effective public policies that help children thrive and succeed, regardless of circumstances.

McCarthy is the President and CEO of Stairways Behavioral Health, a provider of mental health services to Erie County residents for more than 50 years. He began his Stairways career 40 years ago and served in a variety of positions to become its leader in 1998. During his tenure as CEO, Stairways expanded services to Crawford County. As a therapist, he has over 40 years of experience counseling families, couples and individuals.

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