Directory of Consumer Driven Services
Program Information
Program Name: Howie the Harp Peer Advocacy Center
Agency Name: Community Access, Inc.
Year the Program was Started: 1994
Public Contact Person: Dwayne Mayes
Address: 2090 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd., 12th floor
New York, NY 10027
Telephone #: 212-865-0775 x 2118
Fax #: 212-865-1130
Email Address: None
Website URL:
Program Category: Employment
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: 20+
Volunteers: 1-2
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Majority
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: All
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Other
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: To train, place and support consumers interested in having careers in human services.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: Qualitative evaluation of Project Liberty Peer Support Initiative of the impact that employment upon peer staff and consumers receiving services. Evaluation was done in collaboration with University of Albany.
Program Mission Statement: To train, place and support mental health consumers to work in human services. To provide technical assistance and support to employer/providers to increase the recruitment, hiring, retention, integration and advancement of consumer staff in the workplace.
Additional Information: The Center has specialized programs for consumers with histories of incarceration in jail or prison. The Center also provides technical assistance to programs interested in developing eer run and driven services.

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