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Mon Yough Community Services, Inc. Affiliates With Western Psychiatric Institute And Clinic

PITTSBURGH, May 14, 2001 — Officials from Mon Yough Community Services, Inc. (MYCS), a community Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MH/MR) services provider in McKeesport, announced today an affiliation agreement with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Under the terms of this agreement, MYCS’s corporation, identity and geographic presence will be maintained and WPIC will provide consultation and management services.

MYCS is a non-profit behavioral health provider serving southwestern Pennsylvania. Its programs are designed to meet the behavioral health needs of the community in the following areas: mental health, mental retardation, substance abuse, forensic/corrections and vocational training. Since 1969, MYCS has been a cornerstone of the Mon Valley behavioral treatment services, funded primarily through the Allegheny County MH/MR System, and has provided services and support to thousands of individuals in the community. As other non-profit organizations, MYCS has been forced to keep pace with the transition to managed care in order to continue fulfilling its mission to promote wellness, recovery, community integration, and inclusion for those who face the challenges of substance abuse, mental health problems, and developmental disabilities.

“Last month we approached WPIC about establishing a closer relationship. We chose WPIC because we wanted an affiliation that would not only address our immediate financial needs but also would more closely align us with a nationally prominent provider of behavioral health services that shares our clinical philosophy, mission and values,” stated Doug Williams, chief executive officer of MYCS.

“We are pleased to enter into a strategic partnership with MYCS. Through this agreement, much-needed services to the mentally ill and mentally retarded, individuals involved in the criminal justice system, and people engaged in the treatment of substance abuse can be continued in the Mon Valley,” stated Diane Holder, president of WPIC. “Together with MYCS, WPIC will be able to enhance clinical programs to better serve the Mon Valley region, including services for children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. We also hope to further develop services for persons with mental retardation and support services for other special needs populations.”

Ms. Holder went on to explain that Mon Yough’s decision to approach WPIC to form a strategic alignment and seek managerial assistance was based on a recognition that operational success would require aligning with a larger provider. She indicated as overall health care reimbursement continues to decrease, the pressure on both acute care and behavioral health care organizations nationwide continues to foster an interest in affiliations or mergers in order to survive.

Under the terms of the agreement, UPMC will appoint the majority of the board of MYCS and will hold a long-term management contract for the organization. Administrative efficiencies will be achieved through the consolidation of back-office functions with the WPIC/UPMC infrastructure. The consolidation of space and re-organization of clinical functions will occur in order to further enhance quality and achieve greater levels of efficiency. The goal of WPIC is to minimize lay-offs and continue to provide the appropriate level of high-quality services.

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