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Stairways Behavioral Health assists adults with mental health care needs at any stage in their recovery through comprehensive rehabilitation, treatment and support programs.

Through a wide variety of treatment programs, skill-based programs and drug & alcohol treatment as well as outreach programs, housing, adult education, employment services and social opportunities, Stairways helps adults to build skills essential for living, working, learning and participating fully in the community.

The most progressive mental health care provider in Erie County, Stairways serves more than 8,000 each year. Most programs are covered by Medicare and Medicaid or private insurance, depending on eligibility.



Stairways Adult Treatment & Skills-Based Programs

Outpatient Mental Health

Stairways Outpatient Clinic provides mental health treatment to individuals living with serious mental illness, anxiety, depression, postpartum depression and to those experiencing the effects of trauma. Treatment is provided through psychiatric evaluation, ongoing assessment, medication management, therapy, or a combination of both medication and therapy. Outpatient therapists use a variety of approaches including trauma-focused, evidence-based interventions to help you to learn about and manage your symptoms, address trauma responses, build healthy habits, and identify and pursue your goals for your life.

During individual therapy, a person's thoughts, feelings, symptoms and behaviors are explored with the guidance of a trained therapist. Individual plans are developed with you to address barriers to emotional wellness and to work towards the goals you identify with your therapist. Stairways also offers a variety of group therapy sessions which may be offered when appropriate and based on need. Groups are a safe environment for developing skills and gaining insight from others' experiences to meet day-to-day challenges.

Erie Outpatient Mental Health Clinic - 2910 State Street, Erie, PA 16508 - 814.454.5686

The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program is for persons with a serious mental illness who have typically not benefited from more traditional outpatient services. This treatment program is designed around the individual needs of the client so that long-term, therapeutic relationships are developed throughout the community.

The goal is to help clients reduce hospitalizations, increase independent living in the community, build more positive relationships, secure employment and experience an overall greater satisfaction with life.

The ACT team, consisting of a psychiatrist, therapists, nurses, mental health workers, peer specialists and a team leader, collaborates closely with each consumer to find various services that promote physical and emotional wellness.

A dedicated ACT Team provides such things as: Service coordination to meet individual needs, Psychiatric services, Individual and group therapy, Substance abuse counseling, Work related services, Daily living skills, Social and interpersonal relationship counseling, Leisure-time skill training, Family education and support, Peer support services.

The ACT Team provides the intensive rehabilitation, treatment and support services geared toward assisting that client achieve his or her life goals.

2185 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505 - 814.464.8306

Blended Case Management (BCM) Blended Case Management can help in the following areas:

Treatment - linking our consumers and their families with available services needed to maintain good mental and physical health and stability.

Housing - helping our consumers find safe, affordable housing by linking them with HUD and other subsidized programs as well as private landlords.

Education and Work - working with educational and vocational supports to develop plans focused on an individual's potential and success.

Daily Living - assessing levels of independence and a family's ability to provide basic needs such as proper nutrition and clothing; then organizing and implementing a process to fill in any existing gaps.

Income and Benefits - assessing one's income and health insurance, including entitlements, and then advocating in the best interest of the consumer and family for support and community resources.

2185 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505 - 814.453.5806

Fairweather Lodge A lodge is a living arrangement designed specifically for persons with mental illness who are active members of society and wish to live independently. Those who benefit most are persons who may not be able to afford things like rent, food, transportation and utilities on their own but could do so with the help of other house mates.

Lodge members share in the day-to-day experiences of running a home and do so more affordably than if they lived on their own. Lodge members create their own house rules and manage their own activities. Lodges are member-managed. Staff assist only as needed and are available in emergency situations. On-site staff is very limited as the goal of the lodge is to promote independent living with minimal assistance.

510 West 10th Street, Erie, PA 16502 - 814.314.9950

Mobile Medication Management For persons diagnosed with a serious mental Illness, taking psychiatric medications can be confusing and frustrating. Many people stop taking their medications as prescribed, often leading to psychiatric hospitalizations and/or mental health crises. The goal of the program is for medications to be taken consistently, safely, as prescribed and ultimately independently. Each person is met at the level of care they require from daily home visits to reminder phone calls. The program operates 7 days a week.

2185 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505 - 814.878.3573

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Psychiatric Rehabilitation is a skills building program to help people living with serious mental illness realize meaningful goals and lead more fulfilling lives. Staff meets with people inside or outside their homes to develop skills in the areas of living and wellness, education, vocation and socialization.

2185 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505 - 814.878.5300

New Opportunities Employee Assistance Program The New Opportunities Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Stairways is a benefit employers provide for their employees and members of their household. EAP consists of assessment, brief intervention and referrals as needed, and is intended to help employees access local, professional services quickly and confidentially. EAP services are focused on addressing areas which can impact our life and which often cause us to have difficulties in our work. EAP helps to address concerns related to stress and anxiety, grief, depression, parenting, relationship issues, substance use concerns, and issues related to abuse.

Businesses interested in contracting with New Opportunities EAP to establish this benefit for your employees can contact through the information below.

2185 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505 - 814.878.3433


Stairways Adult Programs are located at 2185 West 8th Street Erie, PA 16505