Life shouldn't be a constant state of chaos. Achieving mental wellness can help you feel safe, secure and content.
By providing the services needed to treat a mental illness and then adjusting the treatment as time goes on, we can reduce your symptoms and increase your independence. Crisis intervention, day programs and residential programs are available to help you live a rich and full life.
We treat bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, personality disorders, anxiety, and anger management issues. Some common events in life, like difficulties in school, grief, death and divorce can also affect your mental health.
We offer six locations throughout Allegheny County. Some of the treatments available at these locations include:
- Individual, family and group psychotherapy
- Supportive counseling
- Crisis management
- Medication services
Depending upon an individual's situation, these programs can replace inpatient care or be used after a person has been released from a psychiatric unit. Various forms of therapy are used to help stabilize symptoms so daily activities can be resumed.
Community Treatment Teams
Our multidisciplinary teams work with people to keep them safe in the community and help them reach their individual goals. Each of our four comprehensive teams includes a physician, nurses, therapists, case managers, and other professionals, all of whom work together. The program is an intensive approach to community-based mental health and addiction treatment that offers rehabilitation and support services in people's homes.
Our psychiatrists provide inpatient services at a local hospital for individuals who require this level of care.
Rehabilitation & Recovery
We provide a number of opportunities for individuals to receive the services they need while living in a community setting. Our residential programs include Comprehensive Mental Health Personal Care Homes, Long Term Structured Residences, Community Residential Rehabilitation and Supportive Housing.
Residential Treatment Facilities
We offer a range of residential programs. All are recovery-oriented, designed to ease individuals back into the community. These programs range from:
- Temporary crisis intervention
- Long-term structured environments
- Shorter programs for those being discharged from psychiatric inpatient units
Based on the work of Dr. George Fairweather, this unique program empowers people recovering from mental illness to live together and work in a community business.
Flying solo isn't the best option for a person recovering from a serious mental illness. That's why we offer a number of ways people can connect with others and develop the work and social skills necessary to move forward with their life.
This is a place where the homeless can drop in for a hot meal, plus find support on recovery topics. Behavioral health treatment and other health resources are available.
Liberty Place Clubhouse
Those with a serious mental illness can join this membership driven organization where the individuals work together to accomplish common and individual goals. This encouraging environment supports people with employment and social opportunities.
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
Individual counselors are available at three locations to help a person with a serious mental illness gain the awareness, confidence and skills to reach their chosen goals.
Employment specialists are available at three different locations to help with everything from identifying job possibilities to writing resumes to developing interview skills.
Certified Peer Specialists
Being able to talk to someone who has been in a similar situation can be immensely helpful. Our certified peer specialists meet with individuals on a one on one basis and use their personal experiences and training to help others reach their chosen recovery goals.
Being able to stay within the community during recovery is the best possible scenario. It is important for a person to develop the coping skills that are pertinent daily life. We assist adults, children and their families in accessing resources and services as they move toward recovery. Our mental health professionals routinely make home visits and link individuals to services and resources available to them in the community. We coordinate care when necessary to include education, employment, mental health treatment, interpersonal relationships and much more.
Creating treatment is age appropriate is an essential element in dealing with mental illness in a child or adolescent.
We offer five locations where those under the age of 18 can receive a psychiatric evaluation, the appropriate type of therapy and psychotropic medications, if necessary. Therapy can include:
- Play therapy
- Parent counseling
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services
When additional mental health services are needed, children can receive up to six hours per week of one-on-one treatment. Our specialists will work with the child and or parent to set treatment goals, determine the course of treatment, monitor progress and provide individual and or family therapy.
We work towards stabilizing a child's crisis by offering a day program designed for those who are leaving an inpatient setting or need more treatment than is available from outpatient services. The program separates children into elementary, middle school and adolescent groups .The structure of each day includes:
- Three hours of instruction in a Pittsburgh Public School therapeutic classroom
- Two hours in a therapeutic group
- One hour of milieu therapy
Rehabilitation & Recovery
Sometimes, a residential setting is the best option for recovery. We have two programs for older children and young adults.
Child & Adolescent Diversion & Acute Stabilization
Children in the middle of an acute crisis can receive the care they need in a temporary residential environment. Living in this community setting enables the child to receive the treatment they need while diverting them from possible hospitalization. The primary goal of this program is to stabilize a psychiatric crisis for those between the ages of eight and 14.
Transitional Age Supported Housing
Adjusting to the responsibilities of adulthood presents additional challenges when you have a mental illness. This program helps those between the ages of 18 and 25 receive home-based and individualized services while living in the community. They learn the skills needed for adulthood while living in a safe and supportive apartment.
Community Support Services
Working directly within the community enables us to achieve two goals. First, it provides children and their families with the means for recovery. Second, working with schools and law enforcement promotes mental wellness and helps the community at large.
Community Based Treatment
For children and adolescents who require more intensive mental health services, Mercy Behavioral Health will provide a mobile therapist or a behavioral specialist consultant to visit their home. Setting goals, determining treatment and providing therapy are a few of the services available.
Student Assistance Program
When educational facilities in this area determine a student is at-risk for mental health and/or alcohol and other drug problems, our specialists are consulted to work with the school counselors, administrators and teachers. Called student assistance liaisons, these individuals serve the community in a number of ways:
- Facilitate psycho-educational groups within the school
- Present seminars for parents on mental health issues
- Screen high-risk students
- Participate in family interventions
- Facilitate referrals for students who need additional help
Adolescent Intervention: Alcohol and Other Drugs
Community members such as district justices, school personnel, parents or teenagers can call and request our services. These discussions are appropriate for both those adolescents at risk for substance abuse and those who have had an alcohol or other drug violation. Presentations include topics such as:
- Effects and the pharmacology of alcohol and drugs
- DUI laws
- Family issues
- Self esteem
- Coping skills