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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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