Peer Support

UPMC – Beaver County Crisis #:  800-400-6180    (Available 24/7)

Did you know that UPMC – Beaver County Crisis has moved?

The Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they text PA to 741741.


NEW! Pat Deegan & Associates:

Join the growing community of Certified Personal Medicine Coaches!
Registration is now open for the September 2020 cohort + lottery sign-up for 1 free seat.

A Certified Personal Medicine Coach is an expert in supporting people as they discover and use Personal Medicine in their recovery. Personal Medicine supports recovery-oriented practice, is evidence-based and has been shown to increase activation which leads to more robust health outcomes. The practice of Personal Medicine meets SAMHSA’s criteria for recovery-based practice and the core competencies of peer support. 

As a Certified Personal Medicine Coach, you are:
• Certified to use Personal Medicine in your work
• Provided with the Personal Medicine Worksheet, all Personal Medicine Cards, the Personal Medicine Facilitator manual and a Personal Medicine Guide of your choice
• Given access to powerful recovery videos about Personal Medicine
• Given access to discounted Guides (25% off)
• Able to present on Personal Medicine at Conferences or host Personal Medicine workshops
• Featured on our website
• Connected with Certified Personal Medicine Coaches all over the world
• Given direct access to Pat Deegan & Associates

Open Enrollment for September 2020
Video Conference Calls from 10am-11am (9/4/20 – 10/23/20)


NEW! The Peer Survey Results are In!

Beaver County Peer Specialists

“Who We Are and What We Do”

“In August 2019, the Beaver County System of Care (SOC) surveyed peers (N=47) with and without certification.
Peers were asked about peer training, employment, and their experiences as a peer providing services or volunteering within the SOC.
Results from this survey will be used for planning purposes.”

Thank you to all who contributed to this project.
Congratulations on the OUTSTANDING work that you are doing as well.

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NEW! Mental Health Association in Beaver County

Peer Support Annual Report FY 2019-2020

“Everyone in the Peer Program recommends this program to other people needing services!”

Congratulations to the peers who are making a difference in Beaver County!

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Webinars and Online Learning

Free Webinars – iNAPS (International Association of Peer Supporters):

Past Webinars: 22+ useful webinars (on demand) for career development.

Peer Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
(Certificates are a benefit of membership.)

Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania Online Training.

Common Ground Program – Pat Deegan       “. . . a collection of tools supporting recovery and healing after a diagnosis of mental illness. We provide solutions for people in recovery, peer supporters, MH professionals and organizations.”

Peer Services Toolkit

A Guide to Advancing and Implementing Peer-run Behavioral Health Services

Peer Respite Resources

Learn about Peer Respites: What are they? Why and where do they exist? How do they work?

Articles & Publications

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.









Pennsylvania Certification Board

A new formal certification will be necessary for CPS’s to provide Medicaid billable peer support services. Q & A

The grandparenting period ends August 31, 2019. The requirements for the grandparenting process must be met but no additional exam will be required. The requirements to become grandparented are:

  • Specialist training from one of the recognized training vendors.
  • Those two vendors are the Institute for Recovery and RI Consulting.
  • ◦Complete the CPS Grandparenting Application and sign and date a Peer-specific code of ethical conduct.
  • Signed and notarized release form.