About Us

The Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition is a statewide network of people who use their own experiences with mental health to support others. All Coalition members are people who use peer support skills to inspire hope that recovery from mental illness is possible.

We believe that everyone who offers peer support to others deserves support too. The Coalition offers this support. We provide trainings and education about peer support and recovery, and we help create peer support networking groups. We also advocate for the needs of people who provide peer support.

Many of our members are Certified Peer Specialists who provide peer support professionally in mental health agencies. However, it is not necessary to be a Certified Peer Specialist to join the Coalition. We welcome anyone who uses their own mental health recovery experiences to support others, has an interest in recovery, or supports the concepts of peer support to join.

Download a Coalition fact sheet by clicking here.

Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition Mission

The Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition supports the people and organizations doing the work of peer support by facilitating networking opportunities and education on recovery. We ensure that people who provide peer support have a voice in the development of relevant statewide policies. We serve as a central source for information on peer support in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition Vision

The Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition is committed to transforming the mental health system statewide by promoting, supporting and advocating for peer support in Pennsylvania. We envision a day when various forms of peer support will be available and accessible to all people with mental health and *co-occurring needs on their recovery journey.

*A person with a co-occurring disorder is someone who has both a mental illness diagnosis and a substance abuse diagnosis.

Become a Member

To learn more about becoming a member of the Coalition, visit our Coalition Membership page.