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Pa. behavioral health systems announce plans to affiliate

April 10, 2014
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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Stairways Behavioral Health (Erie, Pa.) and Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems (Bradford, Pa.) have announced that their Boards of Directors have mutually approved a resolution to affiliate under a common Support Corporation.

Both organizations are working to finalize details of the affiliation plan, and must submit of a copy of the definitive agreement for approval by the Pennsylvania State Attorney General.

Through affiliation, Stairways and Beacon Light board members and administrators will share an active role in governing the affiliated system, integrating administration in the areas of finance, information technology and human resources, among others. Stairways will continue to maintain local governance of its programs and services, as will Beacon Light maintain local governance of its existing, distinct companies.

The two organizations had a previous long-term working partnership in Warren County, providing both private and inpatient psychiatry and substance abuse services. 

Once the affiliation is completed, the companies together will become the largest and most comprehensive behavioral health services provider across the entire Northwestern Pennsylvania region.

Together, the two organizations employ more than 1,000 people and generate approximately $55 million in annual revenue. The services provided include adult treatment and rehabilitation, forensic, substance abuse and crisis services, community wellness and child and family programs in residential and community settings. 

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