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TRCIL was established in 1983 after a successful 3-year demonstration project that began in 1980 at the former Harmarville Rehabilitation Center, now a part of the HealthSouth Network.  TRCIL’s founding father was Harmarville’s President & CEO at the time, Lee H. Lacey, a pioneer in rehabilitative services.

TRCIL serves thousands of people throughout Western Pennsylvania.  As a Center for Independent Living (CIL), the CIL service area is Allegheny, Armstrong, and Westmoreland counties.  Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) also provided from the Pittsburgh headquarters serves Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland counties respectively as well as some additional surrounding counties.  TRCIL also provides various additional services to residents in other counties throughout Western Pennsylvania.  Those additional services include Recycled Durable Medical Equipment (Into New Hands), Youth in Transition, and an Accessible Fitness Center.
As defined from Section 702 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended – The term ‘center for independent living’ is a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, non-residential, private non-profit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provides an array of independent living services.


at least 51% of staff are persons with disabilities;

at least 51% of Board of Directors are persons with disabilities ;

and provides  5 Core Services free-of-charge, across all disabilities (visible, hidden, physical, cognitive, emotional/mental health and/or any other):

    • Information & referral

    • Independent living skills training

    • Individual and systems advocacy

    • Peer counseling

    • Transition services

      CIL’s believe that each person with a disability should be empowered to function at their highest achievable level of independence.  This is accomplished through a combination of systems change, individual advocacy and the provision of direct services.  CIL’s believe in the principles of consumer control, consumer choice, equal access and equal opportunity for all people with disabilities, regardless of diagnosis or age.

      TRCIL has agreed to comply with the provisions of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and all requirements imposed pursuant thereto the end that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, religious creed, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination in the provision of any care or services.

      Three Rivers Center for Independent Living endeavors to maintain the accuracy of the information on its official electronic publications. Links from official pages may go to information that is not directly approved by the center and does not necessarily reflect the views of Three Rivers Center for Independent Living, its employees, or its affiliates.