Welcome to the SEPA Bulletin Board!

Monthly Training and Meeting Activities of MHASP's Institute for Recovery & Community Integration

Fairfax County CPS Graduation - November 2012

Welcome to the Institute for Recovery & Community Integration's Southeastern Pennsylvania's Bulletin Board. This is a comprehensive listing of all the Institute's training and meeting offerings in the five county area. Our primary focus is in the following areas: WRAP trainings, the Certified Peer Specialist Training Program, and Technical Assistance provided in the form of meetings and workshops. We intend to use this bulletin board as a way to communicate with our constituency. The following are brief explanations of what we offer.

WRAP Training

Mary Ellen Copeland's nationally recognized self help resource, the Wellness Recovery Action Plan, is offered as a resource for recovery. Training and support is offered to those individuals and groups developing WRAPs and to those facilitating WRAP groups. WRAP education is provided in partnership with the Copeland Center, in order to ensure quality and fidelity to Mary Ellen Copeland's vision.

Certified Peer Specialist Program

A Certified Peer Specialist is a paid staff person with a mental health or co-occurring disorder who has been trained and certified to help her/his peers identify their specific life goals and achieve them. The Certified Peer Specialist promotes self determination, personal responsibility, and empowerment as inherent in recovery, and assists people with mental illnesses to regain control over their lives and over their recovery process. Our program seeks to implement and develop the role of Peer Support Specialists as part of the behavioral health delivery system. We accomplish this through training and technical assistance focusing on education and skill building. Training provides an experiential process for training participants to provide peer support. Building collaboration in the behavioral health service delivery system is at the heart of our services.

Technical Assistance

Technical assistance is offered for the implementation of peer specialist positions, with continuing support for peer specialists and their supervisors. This support serves to enhance the recovery focus of existing programs; to design new services based on peer support, recovery, and community integration; and to develop action plans for the transformation of the mental health system. To contact the Institute for Recovery & Community Integration, please call 610-292-9922 x114, email us at recovery@mhasp.org, or visit our interactive website at www.mhrecovery.org. The Institute wants to spread the word that recovery is not only possible, but probable and provide the education and supports needed to achieve recovery on a personal and systemic level.

Our Partners

The Institute works in partnership with the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse to advance the growth of mutual support programs, advocacy initiatives, and consumer-driven services,. We work with the UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration's Rehabilitation & Research Training Center to facilitate a movement of people with behavioral health issues beyond simply living in the community to becoming a part of the community. The Institute for Recovery and Community Integration is a program of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania was founded in 1951 to advocate for people with mental illnesses. Today we are also a major provider of services and support for people with behavioral health issues who live in the community.


Further, the Institute also partners with a consumer-operated organization in Western PA. The Peer Support & Advocacy Network (PSAN) is a 100% (behavioral health) consumer-operated, non-profit, holistic, and multicultural agency. Their goal is to assist consumers to empower themselves through voluntary, strengths-based, choice-driven programming, advocacy, information and referral, access to community resources, and informal activities. Respect, empathy, and encouragement are the guiding principles.