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​Warren State Hospital

Warren State Hospital (WSH) is dedicated to providing the best opportunity for recovery to persons admitted for treatment. Furthermore, we realize the importance of families or significant others in an individual's response to treatment, as well as their important role in the person's support system. Therefore, with the individual's permission, the hospital makes every effort to include families in treatment and discharge planning activities. This commitment to quality psychiatric care and family involvement in treatment is reflected in our mission statement.

We also know the importance of continuity of care in ensuring the shortest stay possible and the continuation of needed care and support after discharge from the hospital. Discharge planning even begins before the individual's admission and continues throughout their hospitalization, ending with an individualized aftercare plan that guides the person's return to community living. This comprehensive aftercare plan ensures the identification of needed services and supports after discharge. It also designates who is responsible for providing each service. This aftercare plan is then monitored by the county mental health program and modified or revised as needed to facilitate the person's long-term adjustment to community living.

WSH is just one component in a continuum of comprehensive care that is available to residents of northwestern Pennsylvania with persistent and serious mental illness. Our responsibility to people who need our services and support is to provide the most current and effective inpatient treatment interventions and psychosocial rehabilitation activities that will promote recovery. Community services for persons with serious mental illness have improved steadily over the past decade and as a result, fewer and fewer persons need our level of care, which is certainly gratifying. However, should anyone need longer-term inpatient care, the staff of WSH and I want to assure you that we will provide the best care possible and work as hard as we can to return you as quickly as possible to family, community and to a productive and satisfying life.

Charlotte M. Uber, LSW
Chief Executive Officer

Admission Process

Individuals admitted to WSH must come directly from an inpatient hospitalization at a community hospital. Admission referrals from the general public are not accepted. If the treating physician at the community hospital determines that the person requires longer-term psychiatric treatment, a referral is initiated by the community hospital with the approval of the appropriate county mental health program.

Referrals are accepted from the following counties: Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango, and Warren.

Admission Staff

Chief Admission's Officer: Pam Shaffer, Director Social Services 
Admission Coordinator: Susan Cramer, (814) 726-4415 
Alternate Admission Coordinator: Mike Stanz, (814) 726-4186

Location of Admissions Department/Unit

The Admissions Office is located in Room 118, Center Building. The address for the Admissions Office is:

Social Service Department 
Warren State Hospital 
33 Main Drive 
Warren, PA 16365 
Attention: Admission Officer

Hours of Operation and Contact Information

Social work staff is available weekdays. The Admissions Coordinator can be reached by calling (814) 726-4415 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to answer questions about admission procedures.

Patient's Rights

In providing quality care to individuals, WSH is committed to protecting the rights of those we serve. In fact, protection of rights is one of our strongest organizational values. We want all individuals to be treated with dignity and respect. We want individuals to know their rights and to have both informal and formal means to express their complaints and grievances with the hospital. We want to be responsive and sensitive to their complaints. In fulfilling this commitment, we have committed resources, instituted proactive measures, and implemented numerous safeguards.

Among these are:

    • Employing an External Advocate (EA) who is independent of the hospital administration
    • Independent monitoring of the rights protection program by the Human Rights Committee (HRC) whose membership includes nonemployees as well as employees.
    • Implementing a formal grievance process that is directed and monitored by the EA and HRC.
    • The EA attends and monitors all Community Support Plan (CSP) meetings to ensure they are person-centered, recovery-oriented, and a positive experience for the individual.
    • Providing regular training to all hospital employees on individual rights.
    • Ensuring that individuals and their families are informed of their rights upon admission.
    • Granting the EA executive staff status to enable him/her to have direct access and influence on hospital policies and operating an administrative investigation system to investigate allegations of abuse.

Furthermore, the Patient Bill of Rights, as outlined in Title 55 of the Pennsylvania Code, is posted on each unit, along with information on how to contact Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) and the Bureau of Equal Opportunity. These agencies also provide oversight of the protection of our rights program and have the capability to conduct independent investigations of complaints filed by individuals or their families. In addition to providing each individual with a copy of their rights, the EA meets with individuals shortly after their admission to educate them on their rights, to explain the grievance/complaint process, and to answer any questions they may have regarding their rights. Throughout their hospitalization, individuals have immediate access to the EA. The EA is also available to assist families with any concerns or complaints they may have regarding the care and treatment of their relatives. The EA provides direct assistance to individuals in resolving complaints and follows up as needed to ensure the matter has been resolved to the individual's or family's satisfaction.

Treatment Programs

WSH offers a wide variety of treatment, rehabilitation, and educational programs to individuals receiving services on the hospital's treatment areas. Individual programs and services are designed to meet identified needs and to directly contribute to fulfilling WSH's mission and broad goals of providing all individuals with the highest quality programs, services that promote recovery, and return to community living as quickly as possible.

The numerous programs and treatment services available to individuals that promote recovery from serious mental illness are divided into four broad categories. These are treatment services, psychosocial and vocational rehabilitation programs, educational programs, and social/recreational programs. With the exception of some social/recreational activities, all programs provided to the people we serve are integrated into their individualized treatment plans. Therapeutic, educational, and rehabilitative programs most often provide the means by which individuals achieve specific short-term and long-term treatment goals that will enable them to return to the most appropriate community care setting.

WSH also operates an Emotional Regulation Unit for women diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). This unit utilizes dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) interventions to increase coping skills and to improve interpersonal relationships, which are so critical to the recovery of individuals with BPD. The DBT team has been trained by the Marsha Linehan Institute.

Clinical Services

These services are directed at alleviating the positive symptoms of serious mental illness. These symptoms can include perceptual disturbances, thought disturbances, and/or disturbances of mood or affect. Clinical services are also directed at the reduction of negative symptoms such as lack of motivation, neglect of self, poor social skills and/or withdrawal from family and friends. An important treatment program for persons with serious mental illness is psychopharmacology or the prescribing of medications that directly target both the positive and negative symptoms of serious mental illness. The individual's psychiatrist prescribes and monitors the effects and outcomes of medications. In most cases, individuals respond positively to their medications, which opens the door to recovery, rehabilitation, and return to community living.

Numerous treatment programs are provided by clinical staff and are based on an individual's needs. Some of these treatments include individual psychotherapy, cognitive remediation, behavioral development, coping with stress, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, discharge readiness, and peer support.

The hospital also has Certified Addiction Counselors available to provide drug and alcohol treatment for individuals with substance abuse issues.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Vocational Programs

WSH provides numerous rehabilitation programs that promote recovery and assist persons in returning to their communities as quickly as possible with the skills needed for the most independent functioning possible. Many of the psychosocial rehabilitation and educational programs for individuals are offered through the hospital's Recovery Center. The Recovery Center is a centralized program area where individuals can attend classes and programs prescribed by their Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP) to meet their current needs. Examples of programs available are Basic Coping Skills, Boundaries, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Social Enhancements, Mindfulness, Understanding Mental Illness, Self-Discovery, and Healthy Relationships.

In addition, WSH provides basic work adjustment through its Vocational Adjustment Services. The hospital has a contract with a local business to provide employment opportunities to the individuals we serve. Individuals learn skills that are transferrable to jobs upon discharge. The hospital also offers employment opportunities through the Patient Worker Program. These jobs are found in the Keystone Café, WSH Interfaith Chapel, library, and in other areas throughout the hospital. All individuals are paid for the work they perform. Therapeutic Recreation programs are directed at meeting an individual's needs for social interaction, group interaction skills, recreational interests/skills, and social skills.

The Special Care Unit treats individuals whose conditions are complicated by the aging process, post-traumatic brain injury, or other serious neurological impairments. Individuals in this treatment unit not only receive active psychiatric treatment services, but also provide highly specialized programs and services directed at building sensory and motor functions that are impaired due to the aging process, brain trauma, or other serious neurological conditions. These specialized programs include sensory skill development, remotivation therapy, managing life changes, speech and language development, reality orientation, physical therapy and exercise/range of motion training, current events, arts and crafts, and music activities.

Speech, Hearing, and Language (SHL) services are available for individuals who are identified as having significant impairment in language skills or who have hearing impairments that impede daily functioning. SHL services provide persons in need with individual and group programs and therapy that will enable them to improve their basic communication skills, thereby, improving their social adjustment and self-management. Services are also available for individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) at WSH.

Educational Programs

To assist persons with recovery from serious mental illness, the hospital provides many educational programs to increase their level of basic knowledge and information needed for self-management after discharge from the hospital. These programs include Symptom Management, Medication Education, Solutions for Wellness, Nutrition Education, and Activities of Daily Living. In addition, the hospital has an Independent Studies Program. In this program, individuals not only engage in remedial education and are also are given the opportunity to learn basic computer skills. The Intermediate Unit provides educational services to individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 who have not achieved a high school diploma in order to provide educational enrichment.

Social Recreational Programs

WSH provides numerous social and recreational activities. These not only provide individuals with wholesome activities but also opportunities to develop recreational interests that have to carry overvalue and improve their physical fitness. There are numerous parties, picnics, and dances, as well as other recreational activities. Examples of other programs are bowling, bingo, volleyball, card games, weight training, arts and crafts, gardening, sing-a-long/karaoke, golf, bocce ball, movies, and fishing.

Cultural and Spiritual Sensitivity

All individuals have the right to worship and practice their religious beliefs at the hospital. Chaplains from the Protestant and Catholic faiths, and a Jewish Rabbi are available to assist individuals in practicing their respective religions. Individuals also have access to pastoral counseling. For individuals whose faith/religion is outside the traditional denominations, the hospital works with the individual and his or her Treatment Team to ensure their religious needs are met.

WSH also respects cultural diversity, heritages, and beliefs of all individuals. Treatment Teams work with each individual to identify cultural influences, needs, norms, and beliefs that are important to them and accommodate their needs throughout their hospitalization.


From Erie: Interstate 79 South to Interstate 90 West to Interstate 86 East to Route 60 South (take the Jamestown, NY exit) to Route 62 South (Warren)

From Mercer area: Interstate 80 East to Route 8 North to Route 62 North to Route 6 West (Warren)

From southeast Pennsylvania: Interstate 80 West to the Penfield Exit to Route 153 North to Route 219 North to Ridgway. Take Route 948 North to Sheffield, then Route 6 West to Warren

When you arrive in Warren take Route 62 North (also Market Street extension) and look for Warren State Hospital signs.

For more detailed information you can visit commercial map and direction services on the Web or call the Business Office at Warren State Hospital at (814) 726-4478.