Awards & Achievements

Current Awards & Achievements

2010 Best Places to Work in PA to Stairways Behavioral Health

Stairways Behavioral Health has once again been named one of the Best Places to Work in PA, ranking #18 among the 50 large company winners. 

The Best Places to Work in PA awards program, created in 2000, is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. The program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places to be employed in Pennsylvania, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. 

 This year’s award is the fifth for Stairways – we also won Best Places to Work in PA accolades in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. Rankings were revealed at the Best Places to Work in PA awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 in Lancaster, Pa. 


- Gold Award to Stairways Behavioral Health 
- Rehabilitation Agency Recognition Award to Opportunities Unlimited of Erie 

Stairways, and affiliate, Opportunities Unlimited of Erie, each received recognition awards at the statewide PARF Annual Conference, held at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College, Pa. 

The Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (PARF) is a statewide organization of facilities serving individuals with disabilities. The annual conference educates and honors rehabilitation providers across the state. 

Stairways Behavioral Health received the 2010 Gold Award for 50 Years of Service. 

Opportunities Unlimited of Erie, an affiliate of Stairways Behavioral Health that offers direct employment for persons with disabilities as well as provides vocational training, job placement and contract employment services for persons with disabilities, was awarded the 2010 Rehabilitation Agency Recognition Award. 

Presented by the Association to a PARF member agency for outstanding achievement or the development of an exemplary program or service for individuals with disabilities, Opportunities Unlimited received special commendations for having provided a service to a special group of persons with disabilities who heretofore have not received services, and for having developed a technique or project which has the possibility of being replicated in other rehabilitation programs. 

2010 PAACE Outstanding Adult Educator to Bootsie Barbour

Bootsie Barbour was the recipient of the 2010 PAACE Outstanding Adult Educator award at the 45th Annual PAACE Conference on Adult Education – the largest gathering of adult educators in Pennsylvania. Bootsie was selected by past award winners for her outstanding contribution to the development of adult education across the commonwealth. 

Barbour received special recognition for her role in the establishment of the Pennsylvania Professional Development Centers (PDC), development of the Teacher Competencies, assistance with multiple state initiatives, and development of services within the Northwest PDC that were emulated by other regions. 

In addition to her role as Director of Education and Training for Stairways, Bootsie serves the Bureau of Adult Basic Education as the professional development technical assistant, and will be working with all six of the Professional Development Centers in the Commonwealth during the 2010-2011 program year. 

PAACE (Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education) is the only statewide professional organization which serves as an advocate for adult and continuing education. Created in 1978, PAACE now serves nearly 1,000 members, including Stairways Behavioral Health Education Center. 

2010 Partnership Award to Kim Stucke

Kim Stucke, Stairways Director of Consultation Services, was selected by the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania to receive the Partnership Award at the 2010 Homes Within Reach Conference awards luncheon in Harrisburg. 

Stucke was nominated and selected for her lifetime achievement in developing housing and related services for persons with mental illness and others who are homeless. Her work has brought millions of housing dollars to Erie County and has made a difference at regional, state and national levels. 

Stairways Awarded Accreditation from The Joint Commission

Stairways Behavioral Health is the only adult mental health provider in Erie County to achieve The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation. 

Since its first accreditation in 1999, Stairways has earned and maintained this prestigious status ever since, undergoing regular and rigorous on-site surveys. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluate Stairways for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of individuals served and families. 

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Stairways Behavioral Health has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for the people they serve," says Mary Cesare-Murphy, Ph.D., executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission. “Behavioral Health accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Stairways for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.” 

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says William McCarthy, CEO. “Achieving, and maintaining for more than a decade, the Joint Commission accreditation, is evidence of Stairways’ commitment to excellence and continually improving the care we provide.” 

The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards address important functions relating to the care of individuals served and the management of behavioral health care organizations. The standards are developed in consultation with behavioral health care experts, providers, measurement experts, individuals served and their families. 

That’s just the beginning! See our Awards & Achievements archives here.


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