Peer Support is a non-clinical service in which individuals in recovery serve as a coach to others who may be struggling with their mental health disorder.

Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness and strive to reach their full potential.

This service focuses on each person’s strengths and supports to help them build skills they feel are needed to function in their daily life.

Peer Support

Peer Support is delivered free of charge to McKean County adults, enrolled in Medical Assistance, with a history or presence of a serious mental health diagnosis.

Services are delivered in the home and community by specially trained Certified Peer Specialists who are individuals with a mental health condition that have achieved stability in recovery. Services are designed to provide advocacy, mentoring, social support, practical advice and outreach to improve treatment participation.

Peer Specialists are individuals who have “been there” themselves and understand what you are going through.


  • Connect to social, recreational and spiritual supports
  • Assistance establishing or connecting to self help/support groups
  • Help navigating systems and communicating with providers to get your needs met
  • Learn skills for combating negative self-talk and improving self-esteem
  • Assistance identifying strengths
  • Redefine roles as a parent, friend, spouse, or community member
  • Develop a Wellness Recovery Action Plan or advance directive
  • Learn ways to combat stigma

Peer Support May Help If You

  • Would like to connect to a positive person who understands what you are going through
  • Would like someone to help you talk to your treatment team providers about your needs
  • Would like to learn more about living a life of hope, wellness and recovery