The Human Services Center's clinical programs and staff members treat a variety of mental health and relationship problems. These can include anxiety, depression, marital difficulties, and child-rearing problems as well as more serious problems such as the hallucinations and delusions that often accompany schizophrenia. Services are provided by highly qualified and licensed professionals that include psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, case managers, and counselors.
A family's first step should always be to walk in or call 724-658-3578. Hours of operation are 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Walk ins are only available at our 130 West North Street facility during these hours of operation.
The Human Services Center charges reasonable fees for its services that often may be paid for through private or public insurance. However, should there be any question regarding payment, our trained staff will guide you through your options. When calling, you should always have your insurance information available. No one is turned away because of lack of resources or inability to pay. Staff can aid you in enrolling in pertinent government funded programs for which you may be eligible.
The Human Services Center has a large number of locations throughout Lawrence County. Principal administrative offices are located at 130 West North Street, New Castle, PA.
Sometimes there is a need for immediate help. Of course, one can always walk in during normal office hours at our West North Street facility in New Castle (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm) A crisis line is available 24/7 at 724-652-9000.
Since 1981, HSC Update has served as an outreach of the Human Services Center. And, although the newsletter has been published in various styles throughout the last 24 years, it has consistently provided readers in the community a practical and timely review of behavioral health services and issues. Hard copies of the HSC Update may be requested by contacting the Human Services Center at 724-658-3578.
Select one of the choices below to either download the current UPDATE newsletter or past archived newsletters and summaries:
Tom Boni, the director of HSC’s drop-in center, receives St. Francis Hospital’s Salute to Courage award.
Dan Barnes, MSW, discusses a school based violence prevention program with school superintendents. U.S. Representative Melissa Hart and State Representative Frank LaGrotta participate in the discussion and offer support to HSC.
Mental health services are introduced in Beaver County.
Cocaine and “crack” abuse are discussed.
Suzanne Lucot, M.D., presents information on autism.
The stigma of mental illness is discussed by Dr. Dennis Nebel.
HSC therapist, Larry Cross, MSW, is interviewed.
Dr. Donna Markham is the featured speaker at a dinner meeting held by HSC and St. Francis Hospital of New Castle.
HSC convenes a steering committee of community leaders who propose a Uni-Center for the Ellwood City area. The Uni-Center would be a centralized location for social service agencies that would “time-share” office space.
The Family Based Services program is started. Barbara Nickerson, M.A. is selected as its director.
The Resolution Trust Corporation donates a vacant apartment building to the Human Services Center.
Myths about mental illness are discussed.
Dorothy Paul, Ms.Ed. conducts an assertive training workshop.
A support group for family members of Alzheimer's disease is organized in collaboration with the Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorder Association.
HSC provides assistance to dislocated worked from Universal Rundle's vitreous china plant.
Expressive arts' therapy is explained by HSC staff members Kathy McQuiston and Mary Frances Braidersberger.
Clinical assessment, short-term counseling, and referral services are offered on-site to Westminster College students through a partnership between the college, HSC, and Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services.
HSC's role in de-institutionalization is described.
Programs for mental health month are announced. They include a panel demonstration of the Recover program, a workshop on Alzheimer's disease conducted by John Mansell, M.D. and Myra Wolcott, and a "Parenting the Preschooler" program that is conducted by David Gills, M.A. and Michael Stern, Psy.D.
Dr. Donald McMurray is selected as HSC's executive director. He replaces Eleanor Reid, ACSW, who resigned after serving as the Center's director from 1973-1983.
HSC receives a grant from Pennsylvania's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to create a transitional employment program for chronically mentally ill clients.
"Pierre the Pelican", a newsletter for first time mothers, is organized by HSC and implemented with Jameson Hospital and the New Castle Junior Women's Club.
A workshop on self-hypnosis and relaxation is organized by HSC.
Tim Shelly, ACSW, is hired as a geriatric social worker.
Dr. Dennis Nebel, Eleanor Reid, ACSW, join Ed Uder from the Youth Development Center and Dr. Theodore Pett from Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in making a presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council of Community Mental Health Centers. Their presentation dealt with providing mental services to appropriate delinquents.