Advocacy

We believe mental health services should lead to recovery. We believe everyone has the ability to live a full life, to contribute to society, to use their talents, and to grow.

We support efforts to transform Pennsylvania’s mental health system to become more recovery-oriented. A recovery oriented system is one that honors people’s choices, empowers them to make decisions, and supports them to have a full and meaningful life outside of the mental health system.

Peer support specialists often participate on local advisory boards and advocacy groups, the statewide Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Committee and its sub-committees, and other policy related work groups. These are all opportunities to advocate for recovery-oriented practices.

The Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition keeps tabs on all issues concerning Peer Specialists locally and nationally. Its members serve on various boards and committees to ensure that our voices are heard. If there is ever a shift or clarification of policies and procedures that effect Peer Specialists the coalition will notify its members.

We will also be developing surveys and reaching out to the membership to get their thoughts on specific topics.  The results from these surveys will be used to develop position papers on topics of interest which may include policies regarding collaborative documentation, transportation, state-wide certification, and other areas.  All results and position papers will be distributed widely and posted on this website. Click on the titles below for information on specific surveys.