history & mission

 Norristown State Hospital art show submission - used by permission

Norristown State Hospital art show submission - used by permission

Founded by MHP in 2004, the Institute for Recovery is a program of Mental Health Partnerships (MHP). Mental Health Partnerships is a non-profit organization founded in 1951. For over 50 years, MHP has been organizing, educating, and advocating for the rights of people with mental illness, becoming one of the nation’s leading organizations in mental health advocacy, education, and service programs. MHP has been a pioneer in developing and promoting consumer-operated services. People in recovery and family members are involved as board members, staff, core volunteers, and key constituents in this innovative agency.

We at the Institute began at the local level by partnering with Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Drug and Alcohol Program to implement a model Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Program. Through this program, people who currently or formerly received mental health services are trained and certified to provide peer behavioral health services.

 Norristown State Hospital art show submission - used by permission

Norristown State Hospital art show submission - used by permission

Guided by the transformational power of peer support, The Institute of Recovery at Mental Health Partnerships collaborates with individuals and organizations to create inclusive communities of caring, learning, and wellness through innovative training, consultation, and research.

We believe in peer support and we believe in recovery for individuals and systems. We all know recovery is possible, because we put recovery into action every day, all around us.