history & mission

Norristown State Hospital art show submission - used by permission

Norristown State Hospital art show submission - used by permission

Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP) is a non-profit organization founded in 1951. For over 50 years, MHASP 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. MHASP 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.

Founded by MHASP in 2004, the Institute for Recovery and Community Integration is a program of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP).

We 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

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.

The mission of The Institute for Recovery and Community Integration is to introduce and advance the principles of mental health recovery, peer support, and community integration as the catalyst for transforming individual lives and also local, state, and national mental health systems. The Institute seeks to establish personal empowerment, attitudinal change, skill building, self-determination, self-help, peer support, and community integration as the foundations of mental health treatment that emphasizes hope, affirmation, participation, and productivity for consumers of mental health services in a culturally competent manner.