Allegheny Valley School

Parent Organization

NHS Human Services, Inc.

Options: Vision, Mission and/or Purpose of Organization

The mission of Allegheny Valley School is to provide quality programs and facilities to help the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities entrusted to our care to live with purpose and dignity, and to provide opportunities and choices for our clients to grow and function at their full potential as independently as possible.

History of Organization:

Allegheny Valley School (AVS) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1960 to care for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded by Patricia Hillman Miller, with help from friends Bob Prince and Doug Hannah, AVS provided care for 10 children with intellectual disabilities who were left without a home when The Pittsburgh Home for Babies orphanage closed.

Since 1960, Allegheny Valley School has grown into a multi-faceted organization with programs and facilities serving more than 900 children, adults and senior citizens. Most of the residents are diagnosed with severe or profound intellectual disabilities; most also have multiple physical disabilities, medical complications and some have behavioral management needs.


Key Leaders

Name* Title/Description (Executive Director, Vice President, etc.) Phone Number 1 Phone Number 2 Fax Number Email Address
M. Joseph Rocks, President
Joseph Mortz President

Contact Information

Contact Phone Numbers

Number* Title / Description (Telephone, Toll free, Fax, etc.)

Web Addresses

Website* Title / Description (National, Local office, etc.)

Primary Address

Title/Description (Corporate office, Headquarters, etc.)

NHS/AVS Corporate Center


1996 Ewings Mill Road
Coraopolis, PA 15108-3380
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Service Area


Services Provided

Service Description

  • Allegheny Valley School provides residential, therapeutic, educational, vocational and social programs for individuals with mental retardation from childhood through adulthood. Our programs provide individuals with opportunities and choices to help them to function at their fullest potential.

Eligibility Requirements

A primary diagnosis of mental retardation is required for admission.

How to Access Services or Schedule Appointments

contact Director of Admissions at 412-299-7777

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Thank You To Our Sponsors

We are grateful to our many partners who provide financial and operational support.