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Certified Peer Support

This person-centered recovery program focuses on advocacy, education, linking, building relationships and creating a natural support system. It is provided to those who use or have used behavioral health system services.

Certified peer specialists model coping skills, foster resilience and assist in identifying strengths and areas in need of improvement. Goals are identified and a supportive plan is developed.

Certified Peer Support services are based in the community and utilize available community resources. All individuals, regardless of disability, deserve the right to proper support so they can grow. Individuals seeking services are actively involved in all areas of their recovery.

Certified peer specialists have obtained state-managed certification and continue their education to provide:

  • Advocacy and the development of self-advocacy skills (e.g. learning how to use public transportation and manage money)
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) or Psychiatric Advance Directive
  • Crisis support and prevention of hospitalization, incarceration and emergency services
  • Community resource coordination
  • Work and education support
  • Coping and life skills help
  • Connections to substance abuse services
  • Housing assistance
  • Fostering positive relationships with self and others

Interested individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a moderate to severe mental health diagnosis that interferes with or limits educational, social, vocational and self-maintenance goals
  • Possess Magellan Managed Care coverage
  • Agrees that Certified Peer Support will aid in their recovery
  • Provides a referral form signed by a licensed healing arts practitioner, as defined by Medicaid

Lehigh and Northampton Counties
1427 W. Chew Street
Allentown, PA 18102

Krystal Updike
Phone: (484) 866-9303
Fax: (610) 432-4255

Montgomery County
300 Welsh Road – Building #4, Suite 100
Horsham, PA 19044

Melissa Kaufman
Phone: (215) 884-5566
Fax: (215) 885-1746

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