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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
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
CAMBRIA CSP MEETING
of each month
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
514 Somerset Street
Johnstown PA 15901
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
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.
Peer Empowerment Network
is funded by:
United Way – http://www.uwlaurel.org/
Cambria County Behavioral Health - http://www.cambriacountypa.gov/behavioral-health.aspx
Cambria County Commissioners Office - http://www.cambriacountypa.gov