About the Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Center

Trusted Community Partner

From its inception in 1971 as a grass roots response to a community need, the Gaiser Center has consistently been known as one of the region’s most reputable treatment programs for alcohol and substance use disorders. Our experienced and compassionate staff and modern facilities uniquely position us to provide the highest quality of care for the families we serve in the years to come.

Built on Experience

The center has grown from a men’s drop-in program to a comprehensive resource focused on long-term treatment options for both men and women. Gaiser incorporates evidence-based, gender-specific treatment modalities with education and support in a Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) environment with a beautiful, modern, client-centered inpatient facility and an outpatient facility on Liberty Street in downtown Butler for client evaluations and outpatient services.

Leading Through Innovation

A fierce yet compassionate advocate for individuals suffering with addictions, Ellen O’Brien Gaiser led the center from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, expanding it into a state-licensed regional resource. With her substantial impact on the center’s advancement and positive influence on the lives of countless individuals in recovery, the Center was named for her in 1995, a year after her passing.

Linda Franiewski, MBA, CADC joined the agency as Executive Director in 2005, developing the Center’s client-centered and motivational approach over the next 16 years. Working with a dedicated team of staff, board members and community leaders, Linda advocated for expanded services for drug and alcohol addiction in Butler and promoted every individual’s right to recover.

In 2021, Joseph Mahoney, LSW, took the helm as executive director. With more than 15 years of experience in behavioral health services, including oversight of outpatient clinics and a partial hospitalization program, Joe brings a unique focus on the link between mental health disorders and substance abuse to his post. Joe looks forward to building on Gaiser’s strong foundation while evolving programming as community needs change.

Envisioning the Future of Recovery

For more than 50 years, the Gaiser Center has led in established treatment methods while incorporating innovations to benefit the families we serve. From trauma-informed care to yoga and mindfulness activities to faith-based support programs, Gaiser aims to empower every individual for recovery.

A LOOK INSIDE

The Gaiser Addiction Center is licensed by DDAP (PA Department of Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol Licensing).

WOMEN'S CENTER - 165 OLD PLANK RD., P.O. BOX 2127, BUTLER, PA 16003

Inpatient Treatment - Women's Center

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.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Outside visitors are permitted on a limited basis.

MEN'S CENTER – 165 OLD PLANK RD., P.O. BOX 2127, BUTLER, PA 16003

Inpatient Treatment - Men's Center

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.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Outside visitors are permitted on a limited basis.

OUTPATIENT CENTER – 315 LIBERTY STREET, BUTLER, PA 16001

Outpatient Treatment

The Gaiser Center Outpatient Services (OP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) services are offered both day and evening. Drug & Alcohol evaluations are offered and by scheduled appointment. All programs encourage family involvement.