The Community Support Program, or CSP, of Pennsylvania is an alliance of mental health consumers, family members, and professionals working together to aid adults with severe mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders to live successfully in the community. The statewide coalition connects national CSPs with regional and local CSPs throughout the state.
The Cornerstone of the Community Support Program is the integration of natural supports into the lives of those with mental illness. Help make a meaningful difference in the lives of consumers with serious mental illness by becoming involved with a local or regional CSP Committee.
Community Support Program committees offer a forum setting in Pennsylvania for consumers, family members, and professionals to speak their beliefs and values and promote system changes. These meetings have helped shape the way treatment services are delivered to consumers, improved the public's understanding that consumers and family members should be regarded as people first, and advocated for the implementation of quality treatments that support the recovery of those with serious mental illness.
The Community Support Program has a committee for each of four regions in Pennsylvania. The regional committees are made up of individuals who are involved with their local CSP committees.
Both the regional and local CSP committees provide a community-based line to CSP principles, education, information sharing, and for collective input on major successes and concerns regarding community mental health services. These concerns and other recommendations are shared with the OMHSAS Adult Advisory Committee and may also be shared with county MH/DS offices and organizations.
The CSP Format filters information from the state adult advisory committee to the regional and local committees and also filters up the concerns, information, and ideas of the local committees.
Principles of The Community Support Program:
Consumer Centered/Consumer Empowered:
Designed to Meet Special Needs:
Community Based/Natural Supports:
South East Region CSP
Subcommittees meet from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Western Region CSP
Northeast Region CSP
Central Region CSP
The six state hospitals in PA each maintain their own Regional Service Plan that was developed to provide for the needs of individuals leaving state hospitals and reentering the community. These plans address how to provide the needed services to ensure the consumer's needs are met within their own community to lower the chance of possible future hospitalizations.
The Service Area Planning meetings are held in order to continue to ensure regional community service planning meet the following shared goals:
PMHCA provides technical assistance to the Central Region and supports the Northeast, Southeast, and Western Regional Support Programs.