“A recovery coach is a non-clinical person who helps remove personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, links the recovering person to the recovery community and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery.”

– William White, 2002

Recovery Coaches in self-directed care and Certified Peer Support Specialists (lived experience with mental health diagnosis) who have also been trained in self-directed care models.  Recovery Coaches perform many of the same duties as Supports Brokers.  They may support people who are directing their own services to recruit and hire support workers, manage payroll and their budget for services and expand their informal network of support.

Recovery Coaches (Certified Peer Specialists) are paid through Medical Assistance for people who qualify for this service.  In Pennsylvania, there are a very limited number of Recovery Coaches trained in self-directed care models.   Through the Person Directed Services Project, we are working to expand this service in the Commonwealth.

If you are a Recovery Coach interested in Self-Directed Care, contact Erme Maula, Director Consumer Recovery Investment Fund project (CRIF), emaula@mhasp.org, 267-507-3873