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CHAPS Program Descriptions

CHAPS’ program provides services to approximately 600 individuals per year. Available programs include a Drop-In-Center, a Clubhouse, Representative Payee/Money Management Services, Housing Services, Warmline, Community Education and Outreach, Certified Peer Specialist and Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Program descriptions, as well as service hours, can be found below.

Office and Journey Center Hours:   Drop In Center Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm   Monday - Friday 8:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed   Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Holidays Closed   Holidays 11:00am - 6:00pm


Click on a Program Below to get Information

Drop-In Center

CHAPS' peer-run Drop-In Center provides an atmosphere of peer support, empowerment, education, advocacy, and enrichment for adults with mental illness. It is a socialization hub where acceptance and belonging are encouraged. A person's abilities and skills are recognized with each person participating as they choose. Open 365 days a year, the consumer-run center offers a wide range of activities. Programs offered include: peer support groups, guest speakers, movies, dances, field trips, billiards, educational opportunities, computer access, and volunteer opportunities.

Journey Center Clubhouse

The Journey Center Clubhouse offers members an opportunity to contribute, be valued, and achieve or regain the confidence and skills necessary to lead productive and satisfying lives. Members work and learn together while contributing their talents through a community of mutual support. Through a "work-ordered" day and various units, members have certain responsibilities including tasks that are essential to the operation of the clubhouse. The Journey Center has two work units, including the Business Affairs and Growing Healthy unit. Activities within these units include receptionist work, outreach, member orientation, data collection and entry, newsletter publication, clerical work, computer usage, gardening, speakers, self-help groups, cooking, and menu planning. The Vocational/Educational component provides support and education in areas including: interviewing skills, resume writing, job club, employment support, accessing employment opportunities, accessing educational and training programs, and developing study skills.

Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation

CHAPS’ Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation program assists consumers in accessing resources and building skills needed to maintain good mental and physical health and be as independent as possible. Supports may include education and assistance in areas such as: shopping, meal planning, budgeting, housekeeping, socialization, coordinating and keeping medical and psychiatric appointments, adjusting to community living, and accessing community benefits and resources.

Peer Support Program (PSP)

CHAPS’ Peer Support Program (PSP) is a peer-to-peer service which helps people with mental illnesses achieve recovery. The program assists persons with mental illness to develop new meaning, purpose and satisfaction in life. Peers in helper roles have the unique capacity to inspire hope, trust, personal responsibility, empowerment, self-determination and social connectedness in their fellow consumers.

Peer Support activities will build upon each person’s skills and strengths along their journey to reach their recovery goals.

Housing Support Services

CHAPS offers an array of supports and housing options for individuals and families who are homeless or near homeless. The goal of these services is to help persons in need with accessing and remaining in decent, affordable housing of their choice.

CHAPS’ Housing Counseling and Advocacy Programs provide case management and support with accessing safe, affordable housing and establishing skills and resources needed to maintain housing. Supports include: housing advocacy, locating housing, negotiating fair leases, resolving landlord-tenant issues, assistance with accessing benefits and resources, and referrals to other needed supports.

CHAPS also works to develop a variety of decent affordable housing options for persons in need. These options include: Housing Now, Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP), Shelter Plus Care, Family Housing Program, Fairweather Lodge, Transitional Apartment and assistance with accessing other affordable housing programs.

Fairweather Lodge Program

CHAPS' Fairweather Lodge program is based on the model developed by Dr. George Fairweather. The Lodge provides an integrated program of vocational, mental health, and housing support to assist adults with mental illness in achieving stability in both their personal and working lives. The Lodge members live independently as a family, free from 24-hour supervision. Also, the Lodge helps its members in developing life skills, finding employment, and support in maintaining employment. Lodge staff work in partnership with members to achieve self-sufficiency and develop a natural support system.

Representative Payee / Money Management Program

CHAPS' Representative Payee/ Money Management program offers financial management and counseling. The level of support provided is based on individual needs. Services may include developing and implementing budgets, checkbook management, resolving past debts while establishing good credit, coordinating with Social Security and DPW, and accessing other community and financial resources.

Crawford County Warmline

The Crawford County Warmline program is a non-emergency peer support telephone service. Warmline workers are trained to facilitate supportive conversations and to lend an ear when the caller needs someone to listen. The phone is answered seven days per week from 5:00pm-8:00pm (excluding holidays). All calls are confidential.

The Warmline phone numbers are:
814-724-5161
1-800-951-2055

Community Education and Outreach

CHAPS' Community Education and Outreach program (CEO) offers information, speakers, and connections to resources on mental illness, self-advocacy, and other pertinent mental health topics. Educational programs and resources are offered within CHAPS and in the community. There is active involvement with NAMI, CSP and other organizations at the local, regional and state level. An essential part of the CEO program includes NAMI Support Groups and Education Programs. The following support and education programs are co-sponsored by NAMI and CHAPS:
  • The NAMI Family Support Group is a support group for the families and friends of people with mental illness. This group meets the first Tuesday of every month at CHAPS from 6:00pm-7:00pm.
  • The NAMI Care Peer Support Group is a support group intended for people with mental illness. This group meets every Monday at CHAPS from 1:30pm-2:30pm.
  • The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a 12-week program, led by trained family members, and is geared toward assisting families and friends with understanding insight and empowerment for individuals with mental illness. This group meets once per week for 12 weeks. The meeting site is announced prior to the start of each session.
  • The NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Program is a 9-week education program, led by trained peer facilitators, and is geared toward assisting individuals with mental illness to prevent relapse and fight the stigma associated with mental illness.
For more general information, registration information, or questions about meeting times, please contact Sally Burns at 814-333-2924, extension 232, or sburns@chapsinc.org.

Home and Community Habilitation

The Home and the Community Habilitation Program provides one-on-one support to eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. Through completion of an Individual Service Plan (ISP), consumer preferences, skills, and areas of need are assessed. Outcomes are then established, which include specific goals the consumer works on with support from their worker, as needed. The ultimate goal of the program is for individuals to be able to live fulfilling lives with the maximum level of independence possible.