6a00d83420c49153ef01b7c781a9b2970bThis page will contain items of information that we believe will be of interest to our site visitors. The information we will be posting here will include announcements from the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), news about national trends in CPS work, and any other pertinent information to CPSs. Newer posts will be at the top of the page.

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Exciting Event being Planned by PMHCA (Posted January 23, 2020)

Our friends at the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association (PMHCA) are planning an exciting event for March 25, 2020.

Rockin’ Your Recovery is sure to be a great time for everyone.

They are looking for performers and art to include in this festival. For more information on how to participate or attend please click here for the flier.

Pennsylvania Launches ‘Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters’ (Posted January 3, 2020)

 Governor Tom Wolf announced a focused multi-agency effort and anti-stigma campaign, ‘Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters,’ aimed at expanding resources and the state’s comprehensive support of mental health and related health care priorities in Pennsylvania. The governor announced several initiatives and reviews the administration will undertake for commonwealth agencies to bolster the effort. Further, over the coming weeks, agencies will announce additional initiatives. The governor was joined by mental health advocates, social workers, educators, military veterans, and cabinet secretaries in making the announcement.

For the full press release Click Here.

New OMHSAS Bulletin on Peer Support (Posted December 26, 2019)

A new bulletin regarding peer support services was recently released by the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS). The Bulletin, OMHSAS-19-05, is an update and includes new language regarding certification through the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) including provisions for allowing newly trained Peer Specialists to work for up to six months after finishing training, but prior to taking the PCB test.

Click the link below to view the bulletin.

Peer Support Services_ Dec 19th 2019 PCB certification Bulletin

Pennsylvania Certification Board Releases Final Report on CPS Grandparenting (Posted October 1, 2019)

In March, 2018 the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) officially switched the administration of Pennsylvania CPS credentialing under the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). On March 1, 2018 a ‘grand-parenting’ period began in which current PA CPSs could receive their PCB credential at no cost and without taking a test. The ‘grand-parenting’ period was set to last for 18-months. On September 1, 2019 the ‘grand-parenting’ period ended. Below is the final report from the PCB on the number of CPSs who took advantage of this 18-month period along with other valuable statistics.


Peer Support Staff Job Satisfaction Study (Posted 9/24/19)

Jonathan Edwards is conducting a research study, “Exploring Factors Associated with Job Satisfaction among Peer Support Staff Working in Mental Health Treatment Settings” in partial fulfillment for the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Social Welfare, Graduate Center CUNY.

If you are at least 18 years of age, employed for at least six months as peer support staff in a setting that provides mental health-related treatment and/or recovery-oriented services, and reside in one of the 50 States in the U.S. or in one of the five U.S. Territories, you are invited to participate in an online survey that takes about 20 minutes to complete.

To learn more and confirm your eligibility, visit: Peer Support Staff Job Satisfactio

PMHCA Save the Date (Posted 9/23/19)

Rockin’ Your Recovery Art Festival

PA Mental Health Consumers Association

March 25th, 2020
9am – 4pm
Farm Show Complex Conference Center
This is your opportunity to showcase how art has helped you on your path of recovery! Display your painting or sculpture, sing or dance, or read your poetry. We welcome all forms of art to be displayed or performed.
Registration information will be available soon!
Volunteers are needed for this event! Please contact PMHCA for information if you wish to participate.
Vendor information and sponsorship opportunities will be available shortly.

2020 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference (Posted 9/20/19)

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s annual Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference is one of the only events in the region specializing in youth mental health. Participants from all over the country attend this highly-focused event to learn about the newest research and best practices to assist and advance the mental health needs of young children, adolescents, and young adults.
The conference is geared toward parents and caregivers, mental health professionals, educators, and students. Highlights include:
    • Workshop Sessions and Exhibitor Hall
    • Continuing Education Credits and Act 48 Credits
    • Continental breakfast and lunch included in registration
    • Free parking
For more information visit the NAMI website.

Suicide Prevention Resources from SAMHSA (Posted 9/20/19)

Today, SAMHSA released new videos and other resources to help prevent suicide and offer support to those in crisis. Suicide can touch anyone, anywhere, and at any time. But there is hope. Find resources to help prevent suicide at

The Trevor Project Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health (Posted 9/1/19)

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

They have released their first wide-ranging report on LGBTQ Youth mental health which was based on a nation wide survey they conducted of over 34,000 LGBTQ youth.

To read the report click here.

Crisis Text Line (Posted 2/15/18)

The Department of Human Services’ Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Crisis Text Line, a free and confidential service that is available nationally to provide support to those in crisis.

Crisis Text Line may be accessed any time by texting PA to 741741.


Flyer: PA Crisis Text Line Flyer_Option 1_Final