Established 1971 in Butler, PA
History of Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Center:
Today, the Gaiser Inpatient Center offers beautiful and client-centered facilities with separate buildings for men and women. The outpatient facility on Liberty Street in downtown Butler welcomes clients seeking evaluations and outpatient services. All services meet the criteria for a Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) environment and treatment is individualized. The Gaiser team believes that recovery can, does and will happen!
2005 Linda Franiewski, MBA, CADC joined the agency as the Executive Director. Linda believes all individuals have the right to recover and to enjoy a better life. Linda believes that a client-centered atmosphere with a motivational approach to treatment produces superior results. A dedicated team of employees, board members and community members came together to advocate for alcoholics/addicts and to expand services in Butler.
1995 one year after Ellen's passing, the "A" Center was affectionately renamed, "The Ellen O'Brien Gaiser Addiction Center," to honor her legacy.
1976 Ellen O’Brien Gaiser was hired. Under Ellen’s guidance and leadership the agency transformed into a regional and reputable drug and alcohol facility with a broader focus on treatment. Contracts were expanded to include more insurance carriers and PA State Licensing was obtained. Ellen was well known as a fierce advocate and a compassionate woman. Ellen was a pioneer in the drug and alcohol field and she personally impacted many individuals’ lives.
1974 the agency purchased their current inpatient building on Old Plank Road and changed their name to the Butler Alcoholism Recovery Center (aka, the Butler "A" Center). In March of 1974, the first woman client was admitted, and the center was on the forefront of providing drug and alcohol services to both male and female clients.
1971 the Butler Alcoholism Recovery Center (BARC) was incorporated in Butler, PA. as a 12-bed transitional living facility for men and included a drop-in center for alcoholics and addicts. On June 30 1971 the agency was formally incorporated as a non-profit agency.
The Gaiser Addiction Center is licensed by DDAP (PA Department of Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol Licensing).
The women’s inpatient program offers a safe, comfortable and trauma-informed environment and encourages family involvement. Yoga, a fitness center, and mindfulness are offered on premises.
Using a comprehensive therapeutic model, our professional staff help our clients address their addictive behaviors, accept their diagnosis, and begin taking responsibility for their lives. The men’s dormitory offers clean, comfortable surroundings and a fitness center.
The Gaiser Center Outpatient Services (OP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) services are offered both day and evening. Walk-in Drug & Alcohol evaluations are offered and by scheduled appointment. All programs encourage family involvement.
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