Threshold envisions a world where all people are valued and supported to lead fulfilling lives.
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Group Activities The Peer Support Initiative began with the findings and direction of the New Freedom Commission. The Commission defines recovery as the processes, in which people are able to live, work, learn and participate fully in their communities. For some individuals, recovery is the ability to live a fulfilling and productive life despite a disability. For others, recovery implies the reduction or complete remission of symptoms. Science has shown that hope plays an integral role in an individual’s recovery. Recovery is the ability to live well in spite of disorders or disability.

Group Activities One of the steps Threshold has taken to promote recovery was starting a Peer Support program. This program is licensed by OMHSAS and is funded through Medical Assistance. The guidelines require Peer Support Services to be supervised by a clinical professional who has completed the Peer Specialist Supervisors training. The actual service can only be provided by a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS). This is an individual who has experienced severe mental illness as well as recovery, has a high school degree (or GED), has work experience within the last two years and has completed an intensive two week state approved peer specialist training. The CPS can provide services to an individual who has a severe mental health diagnosis, is over the age of 18, has a referral from their doctor, and has difficulty in the following areas: education, self-help, vocational or social. The CPS assists the individual to understand recovery and helps give them tools to use toward that process. Some examples are: Learning to minimize distressing symptoms. Making personal decisions about lifestyle. Finding personal meaning in activities of daily living, relationships, support, education, vocational and spiritual expression. Identifying strengths and opportunities to succeed. Helping individuals reclaim rights, roles, and responsibilities and discovering their potential. Encouraging and supporting individuals to re-establish hopes & dreams.

Individual Counselling Sessions are available

Please contact Threshold at 610-777-7691 and ask for the Peer Support supervisor if you would like more information.


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