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Program Information
Program Name: Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency
Year the Program was Started: 1996
Public Contact Person: Erin Rushalko
Address: PO Box 258
Keene, NH 03431
Telephone #: 603-352-5094
Fax #: 603-355-8211
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Advocacy, Crisis Prevention/Respite, Drop-in Center, Homeless Outreach, Recreation/Arts, Support Group
Target Participants:
Young Adults, Adults, Older Adults
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: $100,000-$200,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 1-2
Paid Part-Time: 5-10
Volunteers: None
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? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Individual training, Program brochure, Website, Other
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: 1. Advocate for those with mental health challenges. 2. Promote Wellness and recovery as defined by the individual. 3. Reduce Stigma
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: Our peer support agency is based on the best practice of Intentional Peer Support, developed by Shery Mead. All staff take the 8-day training to become certified in IPS. We also offer a group entitled WRAP Discussion, based on the evidence-based practice, Wellness Recovery Action Plan as developed by Mary Ellen Copeland.
Program Mission Statement: As a peer driven organization, it is the mission of Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency (MPS) to promote wellness and recovery, as defined by the individual, through Intentional Peer Support, and to provide advocacy, educational, vocational, interpersonal, social and spiritual opportunities to adults who utilize mental health services. Together, we learn wellness strategies, develop mutually beneficial relationships, and to support each other in attaining increased capacities for self-determination, independence and personal growth.
Additional Information: Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency is a place where anyone with lived experiences of mental illness can come, enjoy and participate in an atmosphere of mutual peer support. The members of MPS are respectful, accepting and nonjudgmental. We strive to utilize Intentional Peer Support (IPS) in our interactions and aim for recovery and wellness in our current life choices. We offer each other inspiration and empathy and encourage each other to achieve our dreams. We benefit from participation in FREE groups, activities and events that promote recovery and wellness. MPS is a safe place to rediscover and maintain hope – it’s a safe place to be you.

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