Peer Support Services (CPS)
What is a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)?
A CPS is an individual who has lived experience, is trained to share their own story of recovery and resiliency, and provide recovery support services. The CPS engages and encourages Transition Age Youth (TAY) to identify and plan for what is important to them in their everyday life.
Who is eligible?
Young adults between the ages of 14 and 26 who:
- Possess current Medical Assistance (MA) coverage or are MA eligible
- Have the presence of a serious emotional disturbance that impacts their ability to function at home, school, or within their communities
- Have the presence of a serious mental illness that impairs their life activities
- Have dual mental health diagnoses, mild intellectual disabilities (ID), and/or developmental disabilities (DD) including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Are willing to commit to meeting the CPS one to two hours minimum per week
Young adults with a drug and/or alcohol disorder diagnosis only are not eligible.
Who can make a referral?
Referrals can be made by the young adult, family members, behavioral health providers, children and youth, Juvenile Probation Officers (JPO), schools, and other community resources. A written recommendation from a licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, medical doctor (MD), Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP), or Physician Assistant (PA) within the last 60 days that provides a diagnosis.
Referrals will be received by the program supervisor and reviewed for program eligibility regarding history, diagnoses, and MA eligibility. The referral is made with the consent of the young adult.
What services are provided?
With the key concepts of hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy, and support, the CPS will work with the TAY in developing their own Individualized Service Plan (ISP) and Crisis Plan. The CPS will also help the young adult identify community resources, develop organizational skills for daily living, and help plan around social supports. With permission of the young adult, the CPS will work together with family members and natural supports to advance and overcome barriers and societal stigmas that often come with the labels of serious mental illness or emotional disturbance. The CPS will meet young adults where they are most comfortable, in their home or community.
How to obtain services
Montgomery & Bucks Counties Peer Specialist Program:
2935 Byberry Rd
Suite 108 Hatboro, PA 19040
Delaware County Peer Specialist Program:
450 Parkway Dr
Broomall, PA 19008
Chester County Peer Specialist Program:
11 Davis Rd
Building 2, Suite 300 and 320
Phoenixville, PA 19460