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Program Information
Program Name: Mental Health Peer Connection
Agency Name: Western New York Independent Living
Year the Program was Started: 1994
Public Contact Person: Maura Kelley
Address: 3108 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
Telephone #: (716) 836-0822
Fax #: (716) 835-3967
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Advocacy, Employment, Peer Support
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: Over $400,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 10-20
Paid Part-Time: 1-2
Volunteers: 10-20
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Usually
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: To help peers stay out of the hospital, live as independently as possible in the community, and become employed.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Program Mission Statement: Mental Health Peer Connection is as peer-driven advocacy organization dedicated to facilitating self-directed growth, wellness and choice through genuine peer mentoring.

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