The history of Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center began in 1968 when an application was submitted by the State Department of Mental Health to the National Institute of Mental Health for the construction of the mental health center in Princeton, West Virginia. A five acre site was donated to the State Department of Mental Health by the City of Princeton for the location of this facility, across from the Princeton Community Hospital and on an extension to Twelfth Street.
The Center operates under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors which establishes center policy. The eighteen (18) member board is selected with six (6) representatives from each of the three counties.
The mission of Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center is to provide comprehensive community based behavioral health services to the residents of Mercer, McDowell, and Wyoming Counties.