Peer Support Specialist

Peer Support

Certified Peer Specialists
 are individuals who are in recovery from a mental illness/addiction and are specially trained to assist others in skill building, goal setting, and creative problem solving. The idea is to help individuals to develop their own self-directed recovery tools. Certified Peer Specialists provide a unique perspective on mental illness as they have the lived experience of what makes recovery possible and can offer encouragement and hope for a future.

At Project Transition our Peer Specialists model and promote self-determination, personal responsibility and empowerment, creating opportunities and environments that foster recovery.  Members at Project Transition are supported and encouraged to accomplish their goals and reconnect to themselves to find meaning and purpose in life.

Certified Peer Specialist values and competencies are reflected in the Mental Health Campaign for increased awareness that people with serious mental illness can and do recover.

"I know what it is like to sell myself and a brand new pair of sneakers for drugs. I know what its like to walk around the streets with only socks on. But I no longer have to live that way. My family no longer has to worry about me. Project Transition means that I have hope and recovery. It means I have a second chance at life."


" Project Transition has been a life saver to me. I was mentally Ill and felt like I was in a box that I thought I could never get out of. I lost everything and could not function...but now I have confidence in myself. I needed help in all areas of my life but now have a path and a purpose. Life is worth living."

Angie A

"Project Transition means I have a second chance at a new life. PT taught me how to love and believe in myself. It also taught me to forgive people in my past. I thought I would never get better but PT taught me different. They believed in me and made it easier to trust in myself."

Michelle R

"The family support groups and seminars are focused and helpful. We feel understood."

Diane S, sister of a PT member

"My son has been in many programs and far too many hospitals. Project Transition is different; it is actually helping him to live a better life. The staff and members of PT care for one another... it’s a form of community that is sorely lacking elsewhere."

Wendy P, mother of a PT member

"Project Transition has taught me how to be an adult when others told me I was unfixable. PT will always be in my heart. I've been sober for 5 years and recently moved out of the program. Thank you Project Transition."

Victoria S

"Our daughter has endured mental illness for years… we have worked with many professionals and programs. Without question, Project Transition’s help and support have been the most effective.”

John P, father of a PT member

"PT I couldn't see how good you've been to me. Over the years, throughout the days, you've always been in my corner I must say. Times were bad and times were good, you helped me to lay down my hood. Now I'm shining not conniving, working it out my system what shucking and jiving. So I'm striving to be the best that I can be, for all to see, Thank you, PT..."


"PT is helping me on my road to recovery. They offer support to reach my personal goals. Staff help guide me, showing me a new way to live. My life has new meaning today..... I now have goals and projects to work on. I am productive and am becoming a better mother and person."

Jennifer S

Implementation Provider: Project Transition works with States and MCO’s to implement Person-Centered Transformation Plans.

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