The simplest and most practical lesson I know…is to resolve to be good today, but better tomorrow…short careful steps, not great strides.
Catherine McAuley, 1778-1841, founder of the Sisters of Mercy
Hope through Treatment
These words, spoken so long ago, are still the guiding philosophy of Mercy Behavioral Health. Established in 1969, we are part of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and Catholic Health East, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.
With understanding and compassion, we guide people to be the best they can be.
We serve children, adolescents, adults, families, and senior citizens in more than 60 neighborhoods throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.
The mission of Mercy Behavioral Health is to empower individuals and families to overcome barriers and to lead healthy and successful lives in the community. We provide recovery-oriented, community-based, mental health and drug treatment and prevention services. We also offer a variety of programs for people with intellectual disabilities.
Reverence for each person
We believe each person is a manifestation of the sacredness of human life.
We demonstrate our connectedness to each other through inclusive and compassionate relationships.
We advocate for a society in which all can realize their full potential and achieve the common good.
Commitment to the Poor
We give priority to those society ignores.
We care for and strengthen the ministry and all resources entrusted to us.
We dare to take the risks our faith demands of us.
We keep our word and are faithful to who we say we are.
The origins of Mercy Behavioral Health date back to 1969 and the founding of two mental health and intellectual disabilities organizations that served the northern and southern areas of Allegheny County, respectively. These two organizations merged in 1987 to form Northern Southwest Communities MH/MR/D&A Services. That organization became part of the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System in 1989 and was later renamed Mercy Behavioral Health in 1996.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and Department of Health license Mercy Behavioral Health. We are funded and monitored by Allegheny County. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited MBH for its Crisis Intervention - Mental Health, and Crisis Stabilization - Mental Health.