Press Release – For Immediate Distribution
In the early morning of February 19th, a fire struck the Irene Stacy Mental Health Center which is the only non-profit mental health facility serving Butler County. The fire which resulted in minimal disruption of the Center’s operations caused major damage to the administrative wing of the facility. The Center serves over 3,000 clients each year including children, the elderly, those coping with chronic pain and medical conditions as well as chronic mental illness.
Through the support of the County’s Department of Human Services and the Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Irene Stacy was able to continue offering services without interruption. Natalie Ross, the Center’s executive director announced Wednesday morning, February 26 that Irene Stacy’s facility is back in full operation after only one week.
Although fully insured, it was more than a roof, walls and furniture that were lost in the fire. Lost were all the clients’ medications that we collect, distribute and dispense, because the client is unable to do that for themselves. Lost were all the medicines that patients with no insurance and no finances can get from the Center for free. Lost were all the injectable medications, syringes, needles, medical supplies. Lost were donated children books and toys. Lost were years of accumulated patient educational materials. Lost was revenue that would have been generated by services that could not occur or did not occur because clients heard that the facility would be closed indefinitely and may have sought services elsewhere. Upgrades to the building may be recommended to areas within the damaged wing of the building as well as to the entire building in order to keep codes and regulations consistent throughout the building.
Irene Stacy needs your help to replace these materials and help offset costs that may not be covered by our insurance policy. Any donation, no matter how small or large, will help. Everyone in Butler County, including individuals, small businesses or large corporations has a stake in keeping the County’s only non-profit mental health agency, the Irene Stacy Community Mental Health Center fully functional. All donations are tax deductible.
Please help us and donate to:
The Irene Stacy Fire Fund
112 Hillvue Drive
Butler, PA 16001
Any donations can also be given at any NexTier Bank branch as there has been an account fund set up. Thanks you so much. All financial contributions are welcomed and appreciated!