Individuals are generally admitted to TSH from a community in-patient psychiatric hospitalization. If the treating physician at the community hospital determines that the patient requires longer term involuntary psychiatric treatment, a referral is initiated by the appropriate county program office.
Counties served by the Civil program include: Allegheny; Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Green, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland
All referrals for admission to TSH are processed through the Social Services Department which is one of six Departments within the Social and Rehabilitative Services domain, administered by the Chief Social/Rehabilitative Executive. Referrals for admission are emailed to
RA-PWTSHReferrals@pa.gov. Individual clinical information is reviewed by the Social Work Manager and TSH Medical Staff members along with the county mental health program to assure that the needs of the person will be best met by the services provided at TSH as well as assuring that all procedural requirements have been met to safeguard the rights of the person being referred. Family members and significant others are welcome and encouraged to visit or speak with the hospital staff during the pre-admission phase to have questions answered and to promote and support continuity of care.
The Admission Office is located on the third floor of the Greizman Building.
Hours of Operation + Contact Information
The Admissions Office is staffed from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. Messages may be left 24-hours a day, seven days a week and someone will return the call during regular hours of operation.
In an effort to assure ongoing family and friend support during hospitalization, general visiting hours are between the hours of 9:00 AM and 7:45 PM but visits must be scheduled around Active Treatment Programming so that maximum opportunity for treatment may occur. A visiting area is available in each building.
All employees of TSH are trained to assure that the rights of patients are respected and protected. TSH is committed to assuring that the rights of all patients are protected in compliance with The Bill of Rights and the Manual of Rights for Patients in the PA Code, Title 55. Copies of these rights are provided to patients through the TSH Patient Handbook. Additional copies of the handbook are available to families and others. Other organizational safeguards established to protect patient rights include the Human Rights Committee; Patient Abuse Investigation Board; Performance Improvement/Risk Management Committee; The Ethics Committee and the External Advocate program (via contract with Mental Health America of Southwestern PA).
Contact Information for External Advocates
TSH is a dynamic, treatment oriented, psychiatric facility that emphasizes thorough and accurate assessment and individualized treatment based upon contemporary evidence based practices. The application of Community Support (CSP), psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery principles are key elements of the Active Treatment Program. Patients are active partners with Treatment Team members in the development of Individualized Treatment plans and Active Treatment schedules.
Over 150 different types of groups have been developed to provide programming at various times and days of the week to afford patients the opportunity to have treatment that is individualized to meet their needs, as well as interests. Some of the more innovative and state-of-the-art treatment programs include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT); Cognitive Remediation; Discharge Fears: Anger Control; Co-occurring Disorders related to drug and/or alcohol; Health Promotions and Safe Choices; Patient Worker Program; Spirituality Support Groups; Horticulture; Keys to Success; Trauma Survivors; Relapse Prevention; Smoking Cessation; Striving for Recovery Groups; Symptom Management; and Consumer Run Drop-In Center programs regarding Peer Support, including the Annual Consumer Developed and Facilitated Hospital and Community Conference.
The Active Treatment program is based on quarters with program schedules being revised at least every three months or more frequently based upon the needs of the patient.
Social Rehabilitation Services Contact Information
Regional Forensic Psychiatric Center (RFPC)
On November 13, 2008, the RFPC program transferred from Mayview State Hospital to TSH.
Referrals to the RFPC occur from 48 counties through the county court system related to individuals with criminal charges who are admitted for competency assessment, competency restoration and/or treatment. Referrals should be sent to the Court Liaison.
The RFPC provides active psychiatric treatment and/or psychiatric evaluation in a secure facility for persons that are involved with the county-based judicial/correction systems. A person referred for admission to the RFPC must be under criminal detention by this system. For those persons committed for psychiatric treatment, the anticipated outcome is that with stabilization of symptoms, the individual will return to the judicial system. For those individuals referred for court ordered evaluations, the outcome is their return to the judicial system with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation forwarded to the court of jurisdiction.
RFPC Admission Process
The RFPC Pre-admission Referral form is completed by the referring county and includes the reason for admission, the person's psychiatric, medical and legal status. A psychiatrist, medical doctor, court liaison, social worker, forensic registered nurse supervisor and Chief Forensic Executive (CFE) complete a review of the referral based on the data sent by the referring county to assess the patient and their needs to determine if those needs can be met at the RFPC. When necessary, additional information is requested.
Once the pre-admission referral review is completed and admission criteria have been met, the Court Liaison will contact the county and schedule the admission. The person is transported by county law enforcement personnel to the RFPC, and is generally admitted between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM.
The RFPC is located in the Beistel Building at TSH.
RFPC Contact Information
RFPC Visiting Guidelines
All visits must be prescheduled at least 24-hours prior to the visiting day.
Visits are scheduled through the Social Worker or the Forensic Social Worker Supervisor.
Visiting times are Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m – 9:00 p.m.
These same times are also available on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Children under 18 years old must be accompanied and supervised by their parent or legal guardian and may visit during regular visiting hours.
No patient will be permitted to have visitors for the first 72-hours following admission.
As the threat of contraband entering the RFPC is always a concern, visiting is strictly controlled and monitored. To ensure no contraband enters the RFPC, all visitors must pass the metal detector or trans-frisker wand. Visitors shall not mail, deliver or bring food, drink or tobacco products to the RFPC for patient use. Visiting is only permitted in the designated visiting area.
Questions regarding items that may be brought during a visit can be addressed to the Social Worker.
Former RFPC patients are not permitted to visit current patients.
RFPC Phone Calls
Phones are provided for patients to make phone calls, provided their right to place calls has not been restricted for therapeutic reasons or legal stipulations outlined in the Court Order.
RFPC Patient Programs/Treatment Modalities
Physical, Psychiatric, Psychological, Social Work and Nursing assessments are completed for every patient admitted to the RFPC. A Comprehensive Individualized Treatment Plan (CITP) is developed that addresses the problems, strengths, and recommendations identified on these assessments and with the input of the patient. Treatment plans are formally reviewed at least every 30 days by the patient's Treatment Team.
Treatment services available to patients at the RFPC include individual therapy, group therapy, psycho-educational programs, milieu therapy, counseling by members of the Treatment Team, Therapeutic Recreation, and various social activities provided by Recreational Therapists, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy when clinically indicated. The RFPC’s competency restoration includes educational groups on legal issues and participating in mock trials. A balanced diet is provided by Dietary Services for each patient, and specialized diets are available when clinically required. Patients under age 21 are evaluated with regard to their educational needs. Patients with special educational needs are also evaluated and appropriate resources are contacted. Other specialty departments/services are consulted when appropriate to assess and meet the needs of the patient.
RFPC Patient Rights Protection
Patients served by the RFPC have access to a formal complaint process that is administered and monitored by TSH's External Patient Advocate. The External Patient Advocate makes regular visits to the RFPC to afford patients the opportunity to ask for assistance. The External Patient Advocate insures that all patient complaints are responded to and that the hospital's policy on patient complaints is followed. RFPC patients also have access to the phone number for the External Patient Advocate.
Sexual Responsibility and Treatment Program (SRTP)
On August 14, 2003, Act 21 was enacted into law. The Act mandates that Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services provide mental health and sex-offense specific treatment for an identified population that had been adjudicated of certain sex-related crimes.
While these individuals remain in juvenile treatment programs, they may still pose a significant risk to sexually re-offend after reaching the age of 21, an age when the oversight of the juvenile justice system ends. Act 21 mandates that a person who is committed to an adolescent treatment facility for sex crimes who may still be at risk to re-offend and is about to reach the age of 20, be identified ninety days prior to their birth date. Upon identification, Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offenders Assessment Board (SOAB) is required to conduct an evaluation to determine if a person has "serious difficulty in controlling sexually violent behavior". The SOAB will also determine if the person meets the criteria for "dangerousness" as defined by Act 21. If so, a petition for a mental health hearing is performed affording the individual due process. If it is determined by the Court that a civil commitment is warranted, the now 20-year old will be committed to the SRTP. A yearly commitment review occurs for each resident at which time a decision is made to continue treatment or begin community re-integration.
For more information on Act 21,
please visit this website.
The SRTP provides a safe and secure treatment environment that employs cognitive-behavioral and sex-offense specific interventions. In conjunction with other concurrent mental health therapies, treatment is individualized and designed to assist in the development of the necessary skills and coping strategies needed to manage and control deviant thinking and behavior while minimizing their risk of recidivism. The SRTP also remains current on emerging literature, research, and evidenced based practices and, as a result, modifies its approach for treating sex offending and concurrent mental health issues.
The SRTP Program is located in the Wiseman Building.