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Cutlure-2-Culture Peer Support

"Exploring, Equipping and Empowering Recovery"

Welcome to Culture2Culture a Leader of Forensic Peer Support. We are a Schuylkill County based provider of mental health and co-occurring peer support services, that has been engineered to transform cultures by authenticating lives, one community, and one person at a time. Our services are based on person-centered peer support, with a focus on community integration, inclusion, and involvement through personal empowerment.

"Advancing Recovery, Transforming Lives"



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What is Peer Support

Peer support is “a system of giving and receiving help founded on the key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful. ”

Mead, Hilton, and Curtis (2001)



......is to transform a Culture of Hopelessness into a Culture of Hopefulness one person and relationship at a time"

Schuylkill Reach

Schuylkill County REACH was formed in September 2017 to address the rise of opioid overdoses in Schuylkill County. During their most recent strategic planning session, Coalition members identified five priorities to guide their efforts over the first three years of coalition work:

  • Goal 1: Educate individuals and families about addiction and overdose to prevent initiation of substance use among Schuylkill County residents.

  • Goal 2: Ensure that all individuals have the opportunity for successful recovery and build supportive communities.

  • Goal 3: Eliminate barriers to increase access and utilization of Substance Use Disorder (SUD/Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) treatment programs.

  • Goal 4: Eliminate stigma in Schuylkill County.

  • Goal 5: Coordinate efforts between law enforcement, the legal system, and treatment.


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C2C... Shaping the Future of Recovery

Culture2Culture is founded on the principles of excellence, innovation, service and community and on these principles we will continue to advance and shape community-based recovery services in PA and beyond! Follow us on Facebook @c2cpeersupport

Informational Video Spotlight

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A Look at the History of Peer Support Services in PA

Pennsylvania Peer Specialist Initiative - Click here ---> An Overview

Peer Support Services in Pennsylvania

  • In 2003, the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) committed to transforming the mental health system to include the development of services that facilitate and support recovery. Peer Specialist Services have been defined in Pennsylvania as one of these services.

  • In 2004, OMHSAS received a 3-year Mental Health Systems Transformation Grant award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The grant provided for the development and refinement of a training curriculum and peer certification process known as the PA Peer Specialist Initiative (PSI).

  • On February 22, 2007, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Pennsylvania’s Medicaid State Plan Amendment to include Peer Support Services as a component of rehabilitative services. This was accomplished through a broad partnership of individuals and organizations.

  • In 2008, OMHSAS partnered with The University pf Pennsylvania to develop a curriculum and training plan for Certified Peer Specialists to specialize in working with older adults.

  • Plans are in process for other peer specializations such as transitional age youth and forensics and further career development for peers.

Additional Resources Related to Peer Support

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Certified Peer Support Specialist

PA - OMHSAS Approved CPS Training and Certification Vendors

Recovery Innovations of Pennsylvania

Recovery Innovations of Pennsylvania is part of Recovery Innovations, Inc., a national company whose mission is“To create opportunities and environments that empower people to recover, to succeed in accomplishing their goals, and to connect to themselves, others, and meaning and purpose in life.” Recovery Innovations, Inc. achieves this mission by:

  • Demonstrating examples of recovery oriented systems of care in AZ, VA, CA and; NC.

  • Conducting workshops and seminars that offer service providers recovery oriented program and service alternatives

  • Conducting Peer Employment Training classes

  • Conducting WRAP classes

  • Offering a wide range of training opportunities such as Advanced Peer Training, Supervisory and Leadership Training and more.

Please visit web sites www.recoveryinnovations.org and www.recoveryopportunity.com to learn more about our work and service options.

The Institute for Recovery and Community Integration

The Institute for Recovery and Community Integration works to introduce and advance communities' understanding of recovery and community integration as the catalyst for transforming individual lives, communities, and all levels of behavioral health systems in a culturally competent manner. We do this through:

  • Workshops on recovery

  • On-site Recovery Education Groups

  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Groups

  • Training WRAP Facilitators

  • Operating a Peer Specialist Certificate Program and Online Forum for peer specialists

  • Providing technical assistance to agencies, service providers, and municipalities.

Please visit our web site at www.mhrecovery.org.

More Info about CPS Training and Updates

OVR and OMHSAS Memorandum of Understanding for CPS Training

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) are pleased to announce the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) stating the desire to work collaboratively to continue Certified Peer specialist (CPS) training in Pennsylvania. Under the terms of the MOU, funding may be provided in part by local OVR and in part by local mental health funding sources for OVR approved individuals/customers to participate in an OMHSAS approved 10-day, 75 hour CPS training program. The terms of the memorandum are available for review in entirety here. For any questions of further information please contact: OMHSAS, Bill Boyer (717-705-8297 or wboyer@state.pa.us) or OVR, Randy Loss, telephone (717-787-5136 or rloss@state.pa.us).

Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition