It's a priority for us to be active in the communities where we provide services & support.

Jane Miller, Director of Community & Government Relations

Community Centered

We believe it's essential that we demonstrate our connectedness to each other through inclusive and compassionate relationships.

So, what does this mean in practical terms? We provide services that address the whole person. We care about both the individual's needs and the needs of the larger community. And, we never forget out heritage. As part of the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and Catholic Health East, sponsored by Sisters of Mercy, we are committed to providing care to all who need it in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Individual

the individual

Mental illness. Addiction. Intellectual disabilities. These are categories people can be defined by, but we treat people, not categories. Here are a few of the ways we reach out to people where they are, and then gently help them grow to reach their fullest potential:

  • Teach effective parenting skills
  • Provide the homeless with housing and health resources
  • Cultivate daily living skills so those living with intellectual disabilities or mental illness can be good neighbors
  • Provide training and development to assist people in securing employment
  • Address the immediate needs of anyone in crisis, and work with them on a plan to avoid future crisis (optional)
  • Help people assimilate into the community

The School

the school

Social Skills. Coping strategies. Healthy habits. Attending school means more than just learning how to read and write. That's why we work directly with local schools in the following ways:

  • Screen students at high-risk for mental illness
  • Run seminars for parents on mental health issues
  • Provide self-esteem building programs for elementary school students
  • Participate in family interventions
  • Facilitate psycho-educational groups within schools

The Neighborhood

the neighborhood

Residents. Law enforcement. Community groups. Living in harmony with others means following certain rules and social norms. Here are ways in which we help communities create healthy and safe environments:

  • Train police on how to identify and deal with people with mental illness
  • Offer DUI classes, which benefit the offender and the community at large
  • Invite community members and those who received care from MBH to serve on Neighborhood Advisory Councils
  • Provide needed support services to people living in their own homes
  • Act responsibly to uphold our contract with Allegheny County