Mercy Health’s Behavioral Health Institute Earns Commendations from Professional Associations

(CINCINNATI; December 8, 2016) – Mercy Health – a Catholic healthcare ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky, announces that the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) and the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists (IBCGP) have commended the Behavioral Health Institute for excellence in and commitment to group psychotherapy. The professional associations also commended BHI staff and leadership at its inpatient sites in Paducah, Kentucky and Clermont, Lima, Lorain, Toledo and Youngstown, Ohio for their consistent pursuit of excellence over the last three years.

“Mercy Health has shown leadership and innovation in its training, research and practice that positions it as one of the national leaders in provision of group therapy services,” said Eleanor F. Counselman, EdD, CGP, LFAGPA, President American Group Psychotherapy Association.

“We have been impressed by your organization’s commitment to Evidence-Based group therapy, based on AGPA’s Practice Guidelines and your requirement that all front line social workers obtain their Certification in Group Psychotherapy (CGP). Since implementing your group program in 2013, your improvements in patient outcomes have been remarkable and are at a level twice and sometimes three times the national average. This represents a significant improvement in the mental health status for your patients,” adds Tony L. Sheppard, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA, Chairman of the Board, International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists.

While quality mental healthcare services can be hard to find, Mercy Health’s Behavioral Health Institute (BHI) and related services provide thousands of patients across six inpatient sites with expanded access to much needed mental health services that exceed national quality benchmarks.

“I thank AGPA and IBCGP for this recognition on behalf of the Behavioral Health Institute team. We could not have helped thousands of patients enjoy better mental health without the dedication and caring of our staff of more than 500 psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, therapists and technicians,” said Larry Graham, MD, President, Behavioral Health Institute.

The BHI treats more than 13,000 mostly low-income and under-served patients annually from six hospital inpatient wards located in Ohio and Kentucky. These patients have severe mental health issues, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, severe depression and borderline and antisocial personality disorder.

Patient satisfaction is high and patients are getting better in functional ways that the BHI’s team of experts can measure.

The BHI uses the most effective evidence-based group therapy treatment protocols, including the psychotherapy or agenda group therapy model, which has had a transformative effect with the most acute patients.

Since standardizing its group program and adopting a recovery-based model in 2013, the BHI has seen its clinical outcomes consistently exceed national benchmarks for excellence across a variety of measures.

The BHI is achieving these results by offering both inpatient and outpatient care in beautifully renovated, safety-conscious spaces, in addition to using a recovery-based model that sees patients serve as active participants in their own recovery.

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Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) is the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest health systems in the United States, employing more than 34,000 employees in Ohio and Kentucky. With $6 billion in assets, Mercy Health operates about 450 health facilities, including 23 hospitals, eight senior living communities, five hospice programs and seven home health agencies. Its accountable care organization, Mercy Health Select, is one of the top 10 ACOs in the country for Medicare Shared Savings, generating more than $15 million in savings in 2014. In keeping with its mission, Mercy Health provides about $1 million per day in community benefit services. Mercy Health is a founding member of Health Innovations Ohio, which focuses on providing health services that result in higher quality, better health and greater value. For more information, visit or connect with Mercy Health on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter (@LivingMercyHlth).