Our History

Community Guidance Center is a private, non-profit outpatient mental health clinic. Its establishment on August 1, 1959 was a direct result of the efforts of the Indiana County Mental Health Association members. The Community Guidance Center’s purpose is to promote mental health and to provide outpatient mental health diagnostic treatment and supported services to adults and children in Indiana County and the surrounding counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

On January 1, 2014, Community Guidance Center completed a merger with Clearfield/Jefferson Community Mental Health Center. Through this merger, we now have offices in DuBois and Clearfield, where we offer a wide range of services including outpatient mental health services, outpatient drug & alcohol services, certified recovery specialist, psychiatric rehabilitation, mobile psychiatric rehabilitation, family based, and parent/child interaction therapy.

Community Guidance Center is dedicated to team treatment. Open communication among all providers with the involvement of the consumer and family members is at the core of our clinical philosophy. We work closely with numerous community agencies in the counties we serve and are involved in many joint programs to benefit consumers.

Our staff is fully trained in best practice models and recovery principles. In 2007, CGC began the Consumer Advisory Council. The Council is comprised primarily of consumers and family members that work without employees to develop services and initiatives to meet the needs of our consumers. Among its accomplishments, the Council has conducted consumer surveys, developed consumer education initiatives, and designed consumer-friendly forms and brochures.

Revenues are generated through service fees from medical assistance (including Health Choices, the medical assistance managed care program), Medicare, insurance companies, and employer service contracts. We maintain a charity care policy and sliding fee schedule to assist individuals without adequate insurance. A contract for services with the county mental health-mental retardation programs in Armstrong-Indiana and Clearfield-Jefferson counties also provides revenues.

In 2007, Genoa Healthcare opened an in-house pharmacy at the Indiana location. Genoa is able to fill all health care prescriptions for consumers on site, not just prescriptions issued by the Community Guidance Center. A Genoa representative is now available at our DuBois office as well to help coordinate filling prescriptions for consumers, as well as answering questions and addressing concerns that a consumer may have about their medications.