Services from staff on Peer Support Teams in, Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties is provided by specially trained individuals, many of whom are certified, and have a mental health and/or behavioral health diagnosis. We are focused on extending services to others by relating to participants, in part based on the personal recovery experience of staff who offer the hope that everyone may recover from their mental health condition. Peer support features a relationship where the peer support specialist assists the participant using particular expertise that includes but is not limited to his/her experience in recovery.
MHASP was the first agency in the country to offer Drop-In Centers, a radical idea at the time, that people in recovery could help others considering taking theie first steps into recovery. Now these Recovery & Education Centers in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties connect participants to natural community supports along with offering a warm and welcoming place to come to engage in the service system. Offering unique facility-based options, the Centers are actively engaged in connecting people to resources and services in community environments. In all instances, the focus of these services will be driven by the service participant with an aim toward community integration and the use of existing community resources. The Centers offer recovery education alternatives to the individuals we are serving like WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) is an excellent example.
Targeted Case Management service coordination is the professional practice in which the service recipient is a partner, to the greatest extent possible, in assessing needs, defining desired outcomes, obtaining services, treatments and supports, and in preventing and managing crisis. Our services work to improve the quality of life for people with mental health conditions who homeless and in Philadelphia, people who are currently receiving services, and require assistance in coordinating these services, and people who are being released from prisons and jails.
Outreach response workers in Delaware and Philadelphia Counties, some of whom may have experienced homelessness first hand, build trusting relationships that enable individuals who are homeless to accept placement in appropriate settings where they may obtain needed opportunities to recover their lives. The outreach teams attempt to establish a rapport that gradually leads to acceptance and openness to seeking help. Outreach teams conduct street outreach at times additional service hours are delivered during summer and winter weather emergencies.
Compeer services provide one-to-one volunteer supportive friendships and mentoring relationships to adults in mental health recovery. Our community-based services achieve positive outcomes such as reduced social isolation and greater community integration for individuals on their recovery journey. MHASP works with volunteers to train and “match” people who have similar interests, leisure pursuits and hobbies in Chester County.
Representative Payee (RP) Financial Service provides bill paying and fund distribution services to participants with mental health challenges who need support handling their finances, and to assist participants with developing budgeting and money management skills required for personal budget management. MHASP is funded by Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties to provide this service.
MHASP offers a range of recovery oriented residential services from transitional to permanent housing in Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. In all instances tenants are offered the opportunity to obtain skills for community living. While partnering with staff, some of whom are people in recovery with a mental health diagnosis; participants receive assistance in seeking permanent housing, obtaining employment and/or public benefits.
Our Recovery Coach will work with the participant to understand the services s/he has been utilizing through Health Choices over the past two years and the amounts of money each service costs. The Recovery Coach will help the participant develop a life plan by evaluating several domains. With the assistance of the Recovery Coach, the participant will be able to choose goals in which they want to work on. From these goals, activities will be chosen to meet the goals. Some of these activities will fall into the "services as usual" category.
MHASP offers a wide range of recovery and resilience based training and consultation. Please see Training and Education tab for more information on our course offerings.