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Program Information
Program Name: Compeer of Lebanon County
Year the Program was Started: 1999
Public Contact Person: Teri Birch
Address: 250 S. 7th St., Suite 2
Lebanon, PA 17042
Telephone #: 717-272-8317
Fax #: 717-272-0898
Email Address: compeerlebanon@verizon.net
Website URL: www.compeer-lebanon.org
Program Category: Peer Companion, Peer Support, Recovery Education
Target Participants:
Adults
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: $40,000-$70,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 1-2
Paid Part-Time: None
Volunteers: 20+
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Some
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Some
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: To reduce social isolation and develop natural supports and opportunities for community re-integration for people in recovery from serious mental illnesses.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: Consumers and volunteers (matched for six months or more) and their respective mental health professionals are surveyed anonymously.
Program Mission Statement: The mission of Compeer of Lebanon County is to complement professional care by providing acceptance and friendship for consumers of mental health services so that they may attain a higher level of participation and develop a sense of "belongingness" in the community.
Additional Information: In addition to offering companionship and comfort, developing a sense of “being-with” and “belonging among” others appears to serve as a first cornerstone of re-integration of individuals with psychiatric disabilities into the larger community. A qualitative assessment of a Compeer program with volunteers with and without psychiatric histories found that those assigned to a peer volunteer were more comfortable with their peer volunteer and aspired to be like the volunteer who was further along on their personal road to recovery. In May 2005, the Compeer program model was recognized as a "best practice" for recovery and improved outcomes for people with serious mental illness by the American Psychological Association, adding support to the premise that “Compeer is one good prescription for improved mental health.”

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