Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and intellectual disability services

The City of Philadelphia has integrated its behavioral health care and intellectual disability services into one comprehensive system, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS). DBHIDS components provide services through a network of agencies while collaborating with the Philadelphia School District, child welfare and judicial systems, and other stakeholders.

DBHIDS contracts with The Institute for Recovery to conduct Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and, CPS Continuing Education trainings. DBHIdS CPS classes are offered 4 times a year, are open to City of Philadelphia residents only and, the application process is managed by DBHIdS. The Institute for Recovery manages enrollment for CPS Supervisor and Continuing Education courses. The Institute is also responsible for coordinating administrative functions and the learning of the following stakeholder meetings: monthly CPS Professional Development Networking (PDN) meetings and quarterly CPS Supervisor meetings.


Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health

The Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) contracts with The Institute for Recovery to conduct Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and, CPS Continuing Education trainings. OBH offers the CPS class 1 time a year. This course is open to Delaware County residents only and, the application process is managed by the OBH CPS Advisory Committee. The Institute manages enrollment for WRAP, CPS Supervisor and Continuing Education courses. The Institute is also responsible for coordinating administrative functions and the learning of the following stakeholder meetings: monthly CPS Peer Support Learning Community (PSLC) meetings and quarterly CPS Supervisor meetings


Peer Support and Advocacy network

Peer Support and Advocacy Network (PSAN) is a consumer-run non-profit (501(c)3) organization offering peer support to individuals with mental illness through a variety of programs. All programs focus on recovery and the provision of hope and understanding. The Institute for Recovery has an affiliation agreement with PSAN. PSAN utilizes Institute materials and course completion process for delivery of the CPS and CPS Supervisor courses. Graduates of PSAN’s CPS and CPS Supervisor courses are credentialed by the Institute for Recovery. The Institute provides oversight and technical assistance to PSAN to support this work.


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Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC)

The Institute for Recovery supports the development of Certified Peer Specialists statewide at the PA Department of Corrections (DOC). The Institute for Recovery has an affiliation agreement with the DOC. The DOC utilizes Institute materials and course completion process for delivery of the CPS and CPS Supervisor courses. Graduates of the DOC’s CPS and CPS Supervisor courses are credentialed by the Institute. The Institute provides oversight and technical assistance to DOC to support this work.


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Mental  Health America

Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. The Institute for Recovery is an authorized training partner for Mental Health America’s National Peer Specialist Certification.


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COAPS- Center for Mental Health Policy & Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania

The Institute for Recovery is an authorized training vendor for the Certified Older Adult Peer Specialist (COAPS) program.  The training program was created by Dr. Cynthia Zubritsky, Director of Policy Research & Evaluation at the Center for Mental Health Policy & Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania. COAPS was created with a goal of meeting the complex morbidity challenges of older adults while maintaining independence in the community.  COAPS is a multi-state program that trains Certified Peer Specialists to provide behavioral health recovery services and wellness coaching to older adults in various settings.  


Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery

The Institute for Recovery has a long history of providing  the Wellness Recovery Action Plan series of training programs: WRAP Seminar I & WRAP Seminar II. WRAP is an evidence based practice. The system was initially designed by Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland and group of individuals with lived experience of mental health challenges, for people living with mental health issues. This program has since been found to be equally effective for others including people living with a history of substance abuse, problematic behaviors or any life challenge for which improvement is desired. The Institute generally has two to four Advanced Level WRAP Facilitators on the team.


Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition

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. They believe that everyone who offers peer support to others deserves support too. The Coalition offers this support. They provide trainings and education about peer support and recovery, and we help create peer support networking groups. They also advocate for the needs of people who provide peer support. The PaPSC promotes the Institute for Recovery's training events on their website.


Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association (PMHCA) is a statewide member organization providing information, referrals and supports to people who are receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness in Pennsylvania.PMHCA also advocates on issues directly related to mental health recovery and services in Pennsylvania both for individuals and system-wide. The PMHCA promotes the Institute for Recovery's training events on their website.