Benefits Advisement Program
A program designed to assist people, with mental health issues, in obtaining/ maintaining government benefits in order to manage their disability. Benefits advisement 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 Support Specialist Program
Peers assist patients in the behavioral health department in maximizing services while in the hospital in order to have a successful discharge into the community.
A program designed to assist people with mental health issues, with improving 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. We have wellness coaches in Buffalo Psychiatric Center and Buffalo Mental Health Court which assist in serving individuals with successful discharge from higher levels of care.
Work Support Program
A program designed to assist people, with mental health issues, with 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.
Peer Services at City of Buffalo Mental Health Court
A dedicated Peer is solely assigned to City of Buffalo Mental Health Court in an effort to increase understanding and choices the individuals have going before the Court. The Peer Advocates, shares their lived experience, offers Information and Referral, and Peer Counseling in an effort to serve individuals in graduating from the Court and avoiding any future legal disputes connected to one’s diagnosis of a Mental Illness.
Critical Intervention Team
Since January 2015, Critical Intervention Team is comprised of a MHPC Peer, Crisis Services Staff, and Law Enforcement agencies in Erie County. The MHPC Peer provides an equal relationship with the person being attended to by law enforcement due to being what law enforcement states are “Emotionally Disturbed Person. (EDP)” The MHPC Peer shares their own stories and talks straight to the designated EDP, this often results in the individual understanding and seeking help they desire to avoid further encounters with law enforcement and get their needs met through other avenues the MHPC Peer and Crisis Services provide, which include providing stable housing, food, counseling, Peer Counseling, Mobility Training. The peers also extensively train law enforcement officers throughout Erie County (sheriffs, City of Buffalo police, Cheektowaga Police) in understanding mental illness and the peer perspective in providing services to those "emotionally disturbed" persons.
Mobile Transition Team with Crisis Services
A dedicated Peer Team working side by side Crisis Services Mental Health Counselors in assisting those with multiple unsuccessful discharges from ECMC’s behavioral health department stay healthy in the community. Our Peers provide partnering services, advocated for what is important for the person served while upholding their rights to freedom, choice, and services in an effort to stay out of crisis. The Peers are on call 24/7 along the sides of the Crisis Services MTS Team. The Peers give the unique perspective of having been there. The majority of people enrolled in this program end up having a successful transition into the community without further intensive interventions and treatment.
Home and Community Based Services
MHPC’s Home and Community Based Services is for hard-to-reach adults experiencing behavioral health issues. Our peers are experienced in what it takes to be in recovery, and have personal experience navigating systems that impact quality of life such as the Social Security Administration, Social Services, Housing systems, OPWDD, and gaining meaningful employment. Our peers help to bridge individuals from their homes into the community.
Counties Served: Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Genesee, Cattaraugus, Orleans, Wyoming.