A Certified Peer Specialist is a person with lived experience, who has a mental health challenge or dual diagnosis. They work with an individual to foster their independence, without doing for them. The CPS and the individual create a goal plan, based on the Person Centered Planning model that will help the individual become more independent. The goals are specific to what the individual needs at that time. The role of the CPS is to provide support and empowerment to the individual, so that in time, they can build and use their own natural supports and empower themselves to continue to be independent.
Peer groups provide opportunities for mutual support and to learn skills to enhance independence.. Groups typically run once per week and cover topics, such as computer skills, cooking skills, learning how to take public transportation, wellness and recovery planning.
For more information on the services provided and the intake process, please contact Peer Support Services at 267-203-1500 ext. 206