Community participation does not necessarily increase when housing success is achieved. This study tests a peer brokered, supported participation intervention for enhancing community living and participation among individuals who are formerly homeless and are currently receiving supported housing services.
Working with Philadelphia’s Forensic Peer Support Specialist program, this study will develop a peer-delivered intervention focusing on the needs of people with psychiatric disabilities leaving jail, to increase their social connections and community participation, while preventing future involvement in the justice system.
Working with a selected sample of Medicaid clients in Delaware County (PA) served by Magellan Mental Health Systems, the study assesses the impact of placing primary control over the expenditure of Medicaid mental health funds in the hands of consumers, who were assisted by specially training peer specialist personnel.
Building upon the Collaborative’s prior work on the challenges facing mothers with psychiatric disabilities in raising their children, the study assesses a new intervention – an internet-based parenting group – in an effort to insure that needed peer support is provided for mothers seeking to retain custody of their children.
Working with Liberty Resources, Inc. in Philadelphia, which is one of the nation’s oldest and largest Centers for Independent Living serving people with disabilities, the Collaborative explored the impact of providing the supports of Certified Peer Specialists for Liberty Resources consumers with both physical/sensory and psychiatric disabilities.