Description of the Revised CSP Wheel

For over 20 years, the national Community Support Program (CSP) Principles

have had a dramatic impact on the way  systems planners conceptualize

organizing services, supports and opportunities to help mental health

consumers reach their full potential in our society.

The Wheel is designed to meet the needs of people with mental illness as

well as those who suffer from co-occurring disorders (e.g., mental illness and

substance use disorders). The central focus of community support programs is to facilitate the recovery process and personal growth of each mental health consumer.

CSP Principles remain unchanged and are portrayed in the

Wheel's middle circle to support the recovery process and

provide the bedrock for the way service system components are delivered.

Essential community support system components include meaningful work,

community mobility, psychiatric rehabilitation, leisure, recreation and education.

While the revised CSP Wheel still prioritizes mental health consumers who have the most serious psychiatric illnesses, it is acknowledged that the model is beneficial to: a) many other consumers whose psychiatric disorders continue to disrupt their lives, b) consumers who have sufficiently progressed in their recovery to the point where their psychiatric conditions can no longer be deemed serious. Non-public systems are encouraged to adopt the Model.


3rd Thursday

of each month 
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
514 Somerset Street
Johnstown PA 15901


What is CSP?
The Community Support Program (CSP) of Pennsylvania is a coalition of mental health consumers, family members and professionals working to help adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders live successfully in the community. The statewide coalition links CSP nationally with regional and local CSP's throughout the State.

A Brief History of CSP
In 1984, the State Office of Mental Health (OMH) was awarded one of National Institute of Mental Health Technical Assistance Grants to help adopt the CSP model within state planning processes. At this time, Pennsylvania's State CSP Advisory Committee was formed. A group of consumers, family advocates and professionals/providers was invited to serve on this statewide committee. Their purpose was to meet on a monthly basis to advise the Commonwealth's Office of Mental Health on issues and strategies for the development of Community Support Systems. The committee structure also provided the means for these three constituent groups to find common ground and form an alliance to advise the State Office of Mental Health on recommended priorities. The State CSP Advisory Committee eventually evolved into a working group of 22 members equally representing consumers, family members and professionals from the four regions of the state. Despite changes in state leadership, staff and membership, this committee has served its constituents faithfully over the past 16 years. 

Learn more about the

 Principles of the Community Support Program

Central Region CSP
Meetings: First Saturday of the Month 
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association
4105 Derry Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Technical Assistance Coordinator:
Diane M. Brown, 717-383-1299

Peer Empowerment Network

is funded by:

United Way –
Cambria County Behavioral Health -
Cambria County Commissioners Office -