Peer Support Services
The goal of CRCSI’s Peer Support Program is to instill hope in individuals that recovery is not only possible, but probable. With the assistance of Certified Peer Specialists, consumers can obtain the goals they themselves have established. This service is designed to promote empowerment, self-determination, understanding, coping skills and resilience through mentoring and service coordination supports that allow individuals with a mental illness achieve personal wellness and cope with the stressors and barriers encountered when recovering from their disabilities. The Peer Support Program is centered on the recovery goals identified by the consumer and incorporated into the Individual Service Plan following the completion of a strength based assessment.
The consumer is given the opportunity to participate in and make decisions pertaining to their services. The philosophy of peer support is that services are person-centered with a recovery focus and is a tool to facilitate the development of self-help skills. Individual advocacy, crisis management support and skills training are some of the services included.
The purpose of peer support is:
- • To provide opportunities for individuals receiving to direct their own recovery and advocacy process.
- To teach and support acquisition and utilization of skills needed to facilitate the individuals recovery.
- To promote the knowledge of available service options and choices.
- To promote the utilization of natural resources within the community.
- To facilitate the development of a sense of wellness and of self- worth.
The CRCSI Peer Support Services serves consenting individuals 18 years of age and older who have, or with a history of, a serious mental illness regardless of gender, race, sex, religion, ethnic origin, economic status or sexual orientation. Consumers can self-refer or request that a referral application be completed by a member of their treatment team. For more information on this service, please call 724-437-0729 and ask to speak to the Peer Support Program Manager.