Mental Health PEER Connection (MHPC) is a peer driven advocacy organization, dedicated to facilitating self-directed growth, wellness and choice, through genuine peer mentoring. Our staff of peers are people who are in recovery from mental health issues and/or chemical addiction who can relate to the individuals they are serving. MHPC provides Institutional, Community and Vocational Based services assisting consumers in their recovery process. The Enhancement Program assists parents on social services to become independent by obtaining and maintaining employment.
List of MHPC Services Include: (click the menu or Accessible Format List below)
The patient portal will be down from 2:00 - 4:00 a.m. every morning for system maintenance
Wellness Coaching is designed to provide support to individuals with a mental health diagnosis in achieving personal, and/or professional goals. These goals increase and improve their quality of life in the areas of mental and physical health, housing and community integration, daily needs, independent living skills and life management skills.
Job Club and Employment Support Program
The "Job Club" is a program designed to assist people with mental health diagnosis in obtaining and maintaining employment in their community. Support Services are provided in assisting with developing interview skills, resume and cover letter writing, job searching, peer support, and life management.
These employment supports have proven long term, positive outcomes for people with mental health diagnosis in the reduction of hospitalization, and increased mental and physical wellness.
Benefits Advisement Program
Benefits Advisement is a program designed to assist people with mental health diagnoses in obtaining/maintaining government benefits in order to manage their disability. A benefits advisor is trained and certified through the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) or Cornell University to provide: - information & referral,
- advocacy, and
- peer counseling in obtaining SSI, SSDI, Social Services (Health Insurance, Food Stamps, Cash Assistance) benefits and maintaining them.
Erie County Medical Center Peer Advocate
At Erie County Medical Center, Mental Health Peer Connection has an individual who works directly at the hospital, in the psychiatric floor. This individual is a "peer" who advocates on behalf of mental health patients while in the hospital and assists them with smooth discharge in the community. This peer advocate serves as a voice and support for individuals as they enter the psychiatric floor, to ensure proper treatment, that the patient's choices and voice are heard, and to ensure that each individual receives the referrals and linkages that are needed to return home, to reduce the likelihood of return to hospitalization.
Services Provided at MHPC
Other Services Provided at MHPC:
Mental Health Peer Connection is comprised of "Peers" who provide services to people with mental health issues by persons with mental health diagnosis. Each employee is hired to serve individuals who need support with education, employment, benefits, coaching, and goals in his or her life. Peers assist within the community, the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Erie County Medical Center, support those being released from NY State Prisons, Mental Health Court, and/or the Erie County Holding Center.
Other Services that Mental Health Peers Offer include:
Health Home Coordination (GBUAHN)
Health and Care Navigation - Individuals with disabilities are more likely to have chronic illnesses which can cause death to occur at a younger age of up to 25 years younger. WNY Independent Living offers a program which assists individuals with disabilities to attend important doctor’s appointments, provide support through independent living skills and obtaining health insurance an integrated approach to health, information about the medical systems and learning how to navigate them with ease, and a customized plan which will provide ongoing support from a Health Care Navigator. Our Agency offers two Health Homes Programs which assists with care management service, which assists with an individual's health providers to communicate with one another so that all of all of his or her needs are addressed in a comprehensive manner. WNYIL’s "Care Coordinator" oversees and provides access to all of the services an individual needs to assure that they receive everything necessary to stay healthy, and out of costly emergency room visits and long-term stays in the hospital. This is provided through The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) for MHPC.
Addict 2 Addict; Family 2 Family
Peer and Family Support
Addict 2 Addict; Family 2 Family Peer and Family Support is a Mental Health Peer Connection (MHPC) led team serving people with substance abuse disorders and families and loved ones with substance use disorders. The Addict 2 Addict team is available to those adults in Erie County who decide they are “Ready” for a new life and recovery. The team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will respond to a call within 24 hours. The peers, in addiction recovery themselves and who have family members with addiction, share their recovery experience to those deciding they are “Ready”. Recovering peers help the addicted and their families and loved ones, navigate the many avenues to take once deciding they are “Ready” to give it up. The recovering peer informs, advocates, and provides Peer Counseling in an effort to guide the individuals in need to take the first steps in their recovery path. Call 716-836-2726 when you are “Ready” to choose a path of recovery.
24 Hour Addiction Hotline
Buffalo and Erie County
Services in an
3108 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214 (716) 836-0822 (Voice/TDD) (716) 835-3967 (Fax)