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Certified Peer Support

Certified Peer Support

The two Certified Peer Specialist programs offered at CHAPS are “COMPASS” which provides peer support for youth between the ages of 14-18 and “CPS” serving individuals over 18 years old. To be eligible for participation in the program, individuals must be residents of Crawford, Venango, or Mercer County and have the presence of, or history of, a mental health concern. Certified Peer Specialists have lived mental health experience, are active in their own recovery, and have completed certification training curriculum approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.  Certified Peer Specialists are advocates who help eliminate stigma associated with mental health and are role models, providing hope and inspiration for the individuals they work with.  Research has shown that peer support help can improve social functioning, increase empowerment and hope, and lead to higher levels of community engagement.  Services are offered outside of regular school hours in the home and community and will vary with days and times to meet the needs of the individual.


Service Contact

Doreen Duffy

Program Coordinator



Amanda Burke

Psych Rehab Director