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    Programs that offer individual therapeutic sessions which are facilitated or guided by an individual who is the same age as the client (an age-peer) or who has experienced and resolved the same type of problem as the client.

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    Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
    ACRP Certified Peer Specialist Peer CounselingPeer counseling.CambriaAlternative Community Resource Program Certified Peer SpecialistAlternative Community Resource Program, Inc.
    Beacon Light - Forest/Warren County Outpatient Services - Peer Support ServicesThe program is an individualized, recovery-focused service that allows individuals the opportunity to learn to manage their own recovery and advocacy process from others living with mental illness who demonstrate ongoing success in their recovery.WarrenBeacon Light - Forest/Warren County Outpatient ServicesBeacon Light
    Boro Women & Family Services - Counseling ServicesConsultations Professional Counseling Referrals Lay Counsel Peer Counsel Relationships Decision Making Positive Reinforcement Supportive Care Non Judgmental Care ErieBoro Women & Family ServicesBoro Women & Family Services
    Bright Alternatives, Inc. Offers Parenting Program, confirmation of pregnancy tests, option counseling, post-abortive counseling, peer counseling, abstinence education, and budgeting classes.McKeanBright Alternatives, Inc. Bright Alternatives, Inc.
    Center for Independent Living of South Central PA - Peer CounselingPeer counseling.BlairCenter for Independent Living of South Central PA Altoona OfficeCenter for Independent Living of South Central Pennsylvania
    Certified Peer SpecialistWe offer one-to-one support for recovery from mental illness through Certified Peer Specialists—people who are successfully progressing in their own recovery and have received intensive training in peer support. Certified Peer Specialists can help you further your recovery at your own pace, and in the areas you choose. We’ll share your journey of recovery, offering hope and resources gained through personal experience and professional training. Your Peer Specialist can help you broaden connections, explore options, and meet your goals. If you are a resident of Franklin or Fulton Counties and want to progress in your recovery from mental illness, you may qualify if your services are provided through Franklin/Fulton MH/ID/EI or Medical Assistance.FranklinMental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton CountiesMental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton Counties
    CMU - Mental Health ServicesAdministrative Case Management and Blended Case Management and Peer Support Specialists for mental health supports and services in Dauphin County.DauphinCMU - DauphinCMU
    Crosskeys Human Services Social Rehabilitation Support GroupProvides ongoing support group designed to assist Mental Health clients in attaining the optimum level of self sufficiency by providing them with the opportunity to obtain interpersonal communication skills, independent living skills, pre-vocational training, basic adult education skills, community utilization skills, time structuring skills, and increase self-esteem and insight.FayetteSocial Rehabilitation Support GroupCrosskeys Human Services
    Dickinson Center - Peer Support ServicesPeer Specialist services are specialized therapeutic interactions conducted by self-identified current or former consumers of mental health services. The peer specialist is trained and certified to offer support and assistance in helping others in their recovery and community-integration process. Services can include but are not limited to Goal planning and assistance, Peer to peer counseling, Wellness groups, Personal Wellness Recovery Plan (WRAP), Psychiatric Advanced Directive, Advocacy, Community awareness and integration awareness, Self determination and self discovery.ElkDickinson Center - Ridgway FacilityDickinson Center
    Family Services of Western PA Certified Peer SpecialistCertified Peer Specialists provide support and assistance with coordination of care, advocacy and community resources, while providing the empathy, understanding and support from someone with a lived experience who is in recovery themselves. The goal is to provide additional encouragement by assisting those receiving this service to live as independently as possible within their natural community setting, while delivering a non-traditional form of care through recovery orientation from a lived experience and perspective. AlleghenyBehavioral Health ServicesWesley Family Services
    Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies Peer CounselingPeer counseling.CambriaGoodwill of the Southern Alleghenies Peer SupportGoodwill of the Southern Alleghenies
    Grapevine Center - Certified Peer SpecialistConsumers of behavioral health services, trained and certified to offer support and assistance to others in recovery. Services are designed around personal choice, and active involvement in recovery process. Forensic Peer Services are also provided to those individuals currently incarcerated.ButlerPeer to PeerGrapevine Center Inc.
    National Amputation FoundationThe National Amputation Foundation (NAF) has for over 80 years been offering valuable assistance to veterans of World War I, II, Korea, the Vietnam Conflict, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Since then, the Foundation has expanded its facilities to include civilian amputees as well. The National Amputation Foundation has programs and services geared to help the amputee and other disabled people. AMP to AMP Program A home, hospital or nursing home visit is available for peer counseling and support to any person who has had or will be having a major limb amputation. If the person does not live within a drivable distance, we will call them to offer the same support. Medical Equipment Give-A-Way Program: Our donated medical equipment program is available to any person in need. This includes wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, canes and crutches. While this program is open to anyone in need, the item(s) need to be picked up at our office. Other services include:
    • Information on recreational activities for amputees.
    • Booklets and pamphlets that provide information, specific to the needs of above-the-knee, below-the-knee, and arm amputees.
    • Providing hospital visits and running bingo games.
    • Contact information for Veterans Benefits.
    • Referral service to other amputee organizations.
    National Amputation FoundationNational Amputation Foundation
    National Depression/Suicide HotlinesDepression/Crisis intervention hotline, Veteran peer support line, Spanish speaking suicide hotline, Teen peer support line, Grad student hotline and Post partum depression hotline.1250 24th Street NW, Suite 300, Washington DC (National Depression/Suicide Hotlines)Kristin Brooks Hope Center - National Hopeline Network
    National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyThe Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyNational Multiple Sclerosis Society
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Pennsylvania Keystone ChapterThe National MS Society helps each person affected by MS in our area address the challenges of living with MS. We help by raising funds for cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education and providing programs and services that empower people with MS and their families to move their lives forward. Programs of this chapter include professional counseling and peer facilitated support groups, educational programs and seminars, referrals to neurologists and healthcare professionals, national teleconferences and internet programs, services for the homebound, and social and recreational programs to assist people with MS and their families in leading productive and fulfilling lives. AlleghenyNational Multiple Sclerosis Society - Pennsylvania Keystone ChapterNational Multiple Sclerosis Society
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Veterans with Multiple SclerosisIf you are a veteran diagnosed with MS within seven years of your separation from the military, the Veterans Health Administration could classify your illness as related to your military service and award you a “service-connected” disability. You may still be eligible if you separated from the military more than seven years ago. You must have a diagnosis by a healthcare provider, preferably a neurologist, who directly links the symptoms you had during those seven years to your current diagnosis. Some Veterans have had success by using a Nexus letter. To find out if you are eligible, call the VA benefits line at 800-827-1000.National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyNational Multiple Sclerosis Society
    Pittsburgh Mercy Health System - Operation Safety Net - Wellspring Drop-in CenterDrop-in center which provides lunch, resource coordination, peer support, and advocacy for mental health consumers. Offers health clinic through Operation Safety Net Thursday 1- 3pm .AlleghenyPittsburgh Mercy Health System, Mercy Community Health, Operation Safety NetPittsburgh Mercy Health System
    Pittsburgh Mercy - Rally PointThe Rally Point program provides an opportunity for those who have served in the military to meet in a supportive and structured group environment where they can discuss the common challenges that they experience as they make the adjustment from military to civilian life.AlleghenyPittsburgh Mercy Health System, Mercy Community Health, Operation Safety NetPittsburgh Mercy Health System
    Roads to Freedom - Deaf and Hard of Hearing ServicesThe Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living of North Central PA, offers:
    • Resources/training related to language translation, housing, income benefits, mobility/transportation, education, communication, assistive technology, advocacy, budgeting, household management, mentoring, and socialization/recreation geared toward persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
    • Sign Language Instruction
    • Assistance with obtaining an Interpreter/Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART)
    • Instruction of the Pennsylvania Driver’s Manual
    • Public awareness/sensitivity training regarding persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
    • Information about Videophones/Video Relay Interpreting Services and resources on how to go about getting a videophone
    • Assistance with getting equipment via the TDDP such as a TTY, CapTel, amplified telephone, etc.
    A New Start program through Roads to Freedom, an Assistive Technology reuse/recycle program, may be able to provide donated equipment.
    LycomingRoads to Freedom - Independent Living ProgramRoads to Freedom Center for Independent Living of North Central PA
    SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)SADD has four goals: 1) To help eliminate underage drinking, impaired driving, and drug abuse 2) To alert high school students to the dangers of underage drinking, drugs, and the ultimate consequences of destructive decisions 3) To conduct community alcohol awareness programs 4) To organize student peer counseling programs Also issues contract information to parents who want to have a pact with their child regarding alcohol and drugs. Provides resource materials for school campaigns. DauphinSADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
    Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot - Warm LineAvailable to anyone who just needs to talk about any non-crisis issue and is staffed by a Peer Support Specialist.ErieSafe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot - Crisis CenterSafe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot
    Service Access and Management - Clarion County - Intellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesProvides case management services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. These services are provided both in the home and the community. People may reside in a residential (group home) setting, in their own home or family member’s home, a state center or a nursing home.ClarionService Access and Management - Clarion CountyService Access and Management - Headquarters
    Service Access and Management Inc. - York CountySAM is an organization working with the community to provide case management services for consumers and individuals enrolled in early interventions, intellectual disability and mental health. YorkService Access and Management Inc, York CountyService Access and Management - Headquarters
    Stairways Behavioral Health - Main Administrative Office - Certified Peer SpecialistA Certified Peer Specialist is a person who self-identifies and uses or has used mental health and/or co-occurring services, and is passionate about helping peers on the journey to recovery. Certified Peer Specialists provide services in the community, where clients live, work and volunteer, working one-on-one or in groups with their peers to ensure that each client’s individual recovery goals are developed and pursued. They assist the client to envision an increasingly meaningful life; make informed, independent choices; set goals; and facilitate community integration.ErieStairways Behavioral Health - Main Administrative OfficeStairways Behavioral Health
    Substance Abuse Alternatives ProgramAldersgate's unique Substance Abuse Alternatives Program, SAA, offers teens cited for underage drinking an opportunity to discuss and evaluate the impact of personal choices on their lives. This is a 6 hour psychoeducational class program that is accepted by most area District Justices, School Districts and Youth Aid Panels as part of an alternative sentencing diversion program. In a peer supported environment teens learn about the physical and legal risks of underage drinking and drug use as well as other at risk behaviors.The group program is designed to encourage youth to explore such topics as decision-making, values, responsibility and trust. The SAA format incorporates interactive group exercises, lecture and discussion. This program has over a 20 year history of success. District justices, police officers,youth aid panel case workers, parents and school officials all refer to this program.Aldersgate - Montgomery; Willow GroveAldersgate
    Veterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System - HJ Heinz Campus: Monthly Discussion Group for OEF/OIF/OND VeteransVA Pittsburgh Healthcare System HJ Heinz Campus' Monthly Discussion Group for OEF/OIF/OND Veterans offers veterans an opportunity to discuss, in a group setting, their service, their return home and their way forward.AlleghenyVeterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare SystemUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
    Veterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System - Local Recovery Coordinator/Peer Support ProgramVA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's Local Recovery Coordinator (LRC) develops and provides consultation and oversight of new and existing recovery-based programs. The LRC also offers trainings and in-service for VA staff to enhance their understanding of mental health recovery and healing. The LRC chairs the Recovery Action Committee, a group dedicated to promoting recovery initiatives throughout the facility, highlighted during Mental Health Month (May) and during Mental Illness Awareness Week (October). The LRC also serves as the peer support program coordinator and is responsible for the screening and training of peers. The Peer Support Program is a newer initiative in psychiatric rehabilitation. This program recruits and trains veterans who have a diagnosis of mental illness and empowers them in their recovery to serve as volunteer peer support to their fellow veterans. The trained peers work in both group and individual settings. This initiative exemplifies recovery through partnership with one another. AlleghenyVeterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare SystemUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

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