Mental Health Association Programs
Consumer Recovery, Family Satisfaction, Peer Specialists, and more
The Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania (MHA) is an organization founded and operated by people served in the mental health system. MHA primarily serves mental health consumers over 18 years of age. The MHA operates a Consumer Recovery Center which provides the opportunity for adults who are consumers of mental health services to interact with peers in social, educational, and recreational activities in an environment in which they feel safe and respected. Although the Consumer Center is the core of MHA, we also offer a variety of other programs serving the various needs of our community.
Consumer Recovery Center
The Consumer Recovery Center of the MHA of Northwestern PA is a drop-in center for adults aged 18 and older. Membership is free. Activities provided to members come at low to no cost. Members are provided with a safe and relaxing environment to connect and socialize with others. Activities/services provided include but are not limited to:
- Free daily lunch
- Free access to WIFI network
- Locker storage access
- Shower facilities
- Movie field trips
- Arts & crafts
- Laundry facilities
- Computer lab
- Bowling field trips
- Card and pool tournaments
How to Become a Member
Complete a short intake with a Recovery Center staff member. Individuals must provide a Photo ID and proof of current or past mental health treatment.
Consumer Family Satisfaction Team
The mission of the Consumer/Family Satisfaction Team is to listen to people to find out their ideas about what is or is not helping them move through the public Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol (D&A) systems. With a deep respect for each person’s rights and dignity, we report each consumer’s satisfaction and dissatisfaction. Through our interviews, C/FST hopes to improve delivery of Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol services in Erie County.
Certified Peer Specialists
Any Erie County resident over the age of 18 interested in getting help on the journey to recovery is eligible for Certified Peer Specialist services.
- Candidates must be diagnosed with, or currently receiving treatment for, a serious or persistent mental illness that interferes with, or limits role performance in life, work, education or social situations
- Program enrollment requires a written recommendation from a licensed psychologist, physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant
Contact the Peer Support Program at MHA for more information about this referral. Please call (814) 452-4462, Ext. 133.
External Advocate at Warren State Hospital
The External Advocate at Warren State Hospital attends and monitors all patient Community Support Plan meetings to ensure they are person-centered, recovery- oriented, and a positive experience for the individual. He/she meets with individuals shortly after their admission to educate them on their rights, to explain the grievance/complaint process, and to answer questions they may have about WSH.
Opportunities for Growth
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Social workers make a meaningful difference in the world every single day, supporting disadvantaged children, individuals, and families with issues including disabilities, adoption, illness, and addiction. Accredited social work programs require on-site experience through a social work internship or practicum, known as a “field placement.” Under the supervision of experienced professionals, MHA interns receive specialized training in evaluation and treatment, case management, and administrative duties.
Mental Health Association Special Events
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