Peer Support

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Peer Support Behind Bars in Pennsylvania

“The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) is providing cutting-edge services to address the increasing needs for mental health services for inmates by instituting one of the first comprehensive Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPS) programs in a prison setting in the United States.  …… Implementation of the CPS program has far exceeded expectations and is in part responsible for changing the culture around how incarcerated individuals are viewed.”


The National Practice Guidelines for Peer Supporters

Issued in 2013 as a consensus and guidance document for those who are providing or supervising peer support services, this  document was the result of a six-month, inclusive process where an iNAPS task force, an expert panel at SAMHSA headquarters, and over 1000 peer supporters nationwide came to a 98% national agreement on twelve core values of peer support and what those values look like, in practice . . .


National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers

The National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers provide technical assistance to promote consumer-directed approaches for adults with serious mental illnesses and are funded by SAMHSA. Such programs maximize consumer self-determination and recovery, promote access to treatment, and assist people with serious mental illness by decreasing their dependence on expensive social services and avoiding psychiatric hospitalization.



Career Development for Certified Peer Specialists

Free Training:  Become a Certified Recovery Specialist!

Free Training:  Become a Certified Peer Specialist!







Certified Peer Specialists in Crisis Services Training: 

Provided by the PENNSYLVANIA PEER SUPPORT COALITION, this training is specifically designed to prepare CPSs to work in crisis services (telephone, mobile, walk-in, and residential) and increase their skill set.  Topics covered include the Mental Health Procedures Act, roles and responsibilities of a CPS in crisis services, de-escalation, and suicide assessment and prevention.

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Mental Health Advance Directive Train-the-Trainer: 

The PA Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) is excited to announce the Mental Health Advance Directive (MHAD) Train-the-Trainer Course scheduled in Beaver County!

REQUIREMENT: Successful participants will be asked to facilitate the training at least once before the end of 2019. By submitting your application and completing the training, it is assumed that you make this commitment.

What:  Train-the-Trainer, Mental Health Advance Directive

When:  Monday, June 10, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. thru 4:00 p.m.

Mental Health Association in Beaver County
105 Brighton Ave
Rochester, PA 15074

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