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  • Belmont Behavioral Health – which celebrated its 70th anniversary in June 2007 – was born of the vision and compassion of its founders who were moved to provide quality mental health services at a time when services were limited. Building a private hospital and providing relatively low-cost treatments for short-term care with the goal of returning patients to productive lives was a dream that became a reality. The dream and the reality continue to mature and grow today.

    • 1937, June, a charter is signed and a Board of Directors is organized.
    • 1937, November, Adult Outpatient Department is established in downtown Philadelphia.
    • 1938, January, 13-bed Horace Berk Memorial Hospital admits its first patient.
    • 1940, Gift of building and more than four acres of land at Ford and Monument Roads expands hospital; charter amended to rename the institution the Philadelphia Psychiatric Hospital.
    • 1941, a new, 60-bed facility opens on the new site.
    • 1960, Research Department is housed in Wurzel Building.
    • 1962, Irving Schwartz Institute for Children and Youth opens.
    • 1972, Drug Abuse Treatment Program and satellite clinics established.
    • 1975, Philadelphia Center for Human Development opens to serve Northeast Philadelphia.
    • 1977, educational affiliation established with University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry.
    • 1983, Philadelphia Psychiatric Center and Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia merge, beds increase to 147.
    • 1991, Outpatient Care Center opens, specialty programs instituted.
    • 1992, hospital renamed Belmont Behavioral Health.

    Today, Belmont Behavioral Health is recognized for its individualized and compassionate approach to delivering progressive psychiatric services and quality care. Services include: inpatient and outpatient care; the Women’s Center; Women’s Inpatient Program; the Family Center; Eating Disorders Day Treatment Program; treatment for adolescents, adults and older adults for mental health or substance abuse; mental health treatment program for the hearing impaired; research on violence prevention and postvention, crisis intervention and resident education and training; and the Recovery Initiative.

    An Integrated System of Mental Health Care for Older Adults

    Belmont Behavioral Health treats Drug and Alcohol Addiction
    One day, one patient at a time

    A Comprehensive and Individualized Approach to the Treatment of Eating Disorders

    Belmont Behavioral Health’s Recovery Initiative
    A bridge from hopelessness to hope

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    Accreditation & Partnerships

    Belmont Behavioral Health Seal

    Joint commission gold seal


    • Department of Health (DOH)
    • Department of Public Welfare (DPW)
    • Division of Drug and Alcohol Program Licensure (DDAPL)
    • Bureau of Drug and Alcohol (BDAP)

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