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UPMC Western Behavioral Health of the Alleghenies
UPMC Western Behavioral Health of the Alleghenies

UPMC Western Behavioral Health of the Alleghenies (WBHA)

UPMC Western Behavior Health of the Alleghenies (WBHA) provides adult and child behavioral health outpatient and community services in Blair County.

500 E. Chestnut Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601


If you or a loved one struggles with emotional, behavioral, or substance use concerns, we can help. Our staff has years of experience treating people suffering a variety of conditions including trauma, grief, loss, anxiety, depression, mood swings, attention deficits, impulsivity, addiction, and family conflicts.

Adult Behavioral Health Programs and Services

The adult WBHA programs provide health and wellness services to you and your loved ones.

Children's Behavioral Health Programs and Services

Kids do not come with an instruction manual. Sometimes they need more help than families can provide themselves.

Let us help.

Children's WBHA provides services in an office in Altoona and eight school districts throughout Blair and Centre counties.

An office for Child/Adolescent Partial Hospital and Children's Center for Counseling is located in the State College School District, State College, Pa.

Adult Center for Exceptional Learning (ACEL)

154 Lakemont Park Boulevard
Altoona, PA 16602


ACEL day program

ACEL provides a safe place during the day for adults with developmental and physical disabilities.

Nestled around the edge of Lakemont Park, ACEL's location gives adults the chance to be part of their community.

The ACEL day program offers:

  • Day trips to nearby parks, restaurants, and shopping malls.
  • Exercise, music, dance, reading, and more.
  • Arts in Healing — art therapy that provides a creative outlet.

ACEL in-home care

Our staff tailors a care plan to meet the needs of each person and requests from their loved ones, such as:

  • Helping with daily living tasks.
  • Planning meals and grocery shopping.
  • Driving to doctor appointments.
  • Offering friendship through social activities.
  • Providing respite to families.

ACEL Agency With Choice

Our staff works with adults and/or their family (referred to as the surrogate) by entering a joint-employment arrangement.

This partnership gives you or your surrogate:

  • A high level of choice and control over services and supports.
  • The chance to recruit, refer, choose, hire, train and schedule your own staff.
  • Control your own schedule and activities.
  • The choice of where, when, and how to receive needed services.

UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.