History

The Human Services Center (HSC), formerly the Lawrence County Mental Health Clinic, was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in 1963. It was located on the second floor of a store front on North Mercer Street in New Castle. With a staff of six clinicians, the Center provided outpatient mental health services from this location from 1963-1980.

In 1981, with the support of a Federal Initial Operations Grant from the Federal government and private donations, the Center acquired and renovated the former St. Mary’s Elementary School building in New Castle. (The building is officially referred to as the Fisher Building in recognition of a major gift from the Faye and Edward Fisher family.) From this location and with the Federal Initial Operations’ Grant, the Human Services Center began offering a full range of community mental health services.

Since 1981, the Human Services Center continued to expand its staff and services. The Center also acquired and developed a number of properties in Lawrence County to accommodate this expansion. Currently, with a staff of approximately 200 people and an annual budget of nearly $12 million, the Center is one of the largest community mental health centers in Western Pennsylvania.