Our Mission Statement
By working in a peer-to-peer collaborative partnership, we provide hope, support, and assistance to help our peers achieve individual goals and objectives, while fostering recovery in a community environment.
- Hope is the foundation for recovery with the belief that positive change is possible.
- Self-Determination is accepting personal responsibility and making informed choices.
- Respect is a basic right to which all individuals are entitled.
- Community Focus is an integral part of recovery where individuals are encouraged to flourish within the community of their choice with access to available supports and resources in that area.
- Peer Support is a beneficial resource that offers hope through the unique empathy and understanding that comes from peer relationships.
Certified Peer Specialist Program (CPS)
What is a Certified Peer Specialist?
- A certified Peer Specialist is a person with a mental health and/or co-occurring disorder who has been trained to work with peers to identify and achieve recovery goals. The peer specialist is actively engaged in his/her own recovery.
- Peer specialists work in partnership with other mental health providers. This alliance of person, peer specialist, and provider assures the person's needs and preferences are heard.
- A peer specialist has the ability to relate, identify, empathize, and support peers on their path to recovery while utilizing all available services.
- 18 yrs of age or older
- Diagnosis of severe or persistent mental illness.
- Difficulty in one or more of the following life domains; Social, Vocational, Educational, Daily Living Skills.
- Completion of a referral form including a recommendation for services signed by a licensed practicioner of mental health
- Eligible for Medical Assistance Benefits
What do Peer Specialists do?
- They serve as role models. Through sharing of personal recovery stories, peer providers offer hope that recovery from mental illness is possible
- They teach goal setting, symptom management skills, problem solving skills, and a variety of recovery skills.
- They advocate by working to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illnesses. They act as community liaisons, supporting peer involvement in the community.
Brochures and Forms
P.A.I.R. Peers Assisting In Recovery Peer Mentoring Program
What is P.A.I.R.?
P.A.I.R. (Peers Assisting In Recovery) is a program of Peer Mentors who have reached a certain level of recovery, which allows them the ability to offer hope to other people in similar situations, based on their individual strengths, needs, and goals.
We assist peers in daily tasks, increasing social interaction, and working toward individual goals and objectives within a community environment.
This project is funded, in part, under contracts with the Lehigh and Northampton County Departments of Human Services, through funds provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
Recovery Partnership Peer Services
35 E. Elizabeth Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Phone: (610) 861-2741
Fax: (610) 625-2527
Email Peer Services
Monday through Friday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Peer Support staff are available to meet with you at a mutually convenient time. For more information or to make a referral to the peer services program, please call