Compass is one of the two Certified Peer Specialist programs that CHAPS offers. A Certified Peer Specialist is an individual with lived mental health experience who has completed a certification training curriculum approved by the PA Department of Human Services. These specialists work as an advocate who helps eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness as well as a role model providing hope and inspiration for the individuals they work with. CPS work alongside individuals to help demonstrate recovery is possible, create strategies for self-improvement, support and assist with the development of vocational and educational goals, and assist with accessing and maintaining decent and affordable housing. Research has shown that peer support help can improve social functioning, increase empowerment and hope, and lead to higher levels of community engagement.
Compass provides peer support for youth between the ages of 14-18. These individuals must be residents of Crawford, Venango, or Mercer county, have the presence of, or history of, mental health concerns, and choose to receive services. Services are offered outside of school hours and will vary with days and times to meet the needs of the individual.
Transition Age Youth Program Coordinator
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Director