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Relationships of all parties within the behavioral health care system are based on mutual respect; service designs shift from an expert model to a partnership/consultation model where everyone's perspective, experience and expertise is welcomed and considered. The power of relationships as the context for healing and growth is acknowledged and respected.

Peer culture/Peer support/Leadership

There is recognition of the power of peer support within communities of recovery as reflected in: 1) hiring persons in recovery into Certified Peer Specialists and other positions, 2) assuring representation of people in recovery at all levels of the system 3) developing respectful collaborative and referral relationships between treatment institutions and the service structures of local recovery mutual aid societies and assertively linking people to peer based recovery support services (i.e. mutual self help groups, informal peer support etc.), 4) acknowledging the role that experiential learning within a community of recovery can play in initiating and sustaining a recovery process, and 5) developing opportunities for people in recovery to have active leadership roles at all levels of the system.

Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria (PCPC)

Pennsylvania's standards of clinical necessity, or guidelines for, alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment that describe specific conditions under which patients should be admitted to a particular level of care (Admission criteria), conditions under which they should continue to remain in that level of care (Continued Stay criteria), and conditions under which they should be discharged from the system, or transferred to another level of care (Discharge/Referral criteria).

Person Centered Planning

A process which helps individuals identify how they want to live their lives and what supports they need to achieve their desired outcomes. Individuals choose people who are important in their lives to be part of the process.

Person in Recovery (PIR)

PIR is the acronym for Person in Recovery. Consumer, client member, participant are terms that are used interchangeably with PIR. These are both terms used to refer to individuals who are currently or who at one time was receiving services for mental health and/or substance abuse issues.


A Person-First approach ensures that a person's race, ethnicity, language capability, religion, spirituality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social role, age, physical ability, cognitive ability, and/or economic status is acknowledged and incorporated in the delivery of recovery/resiliency-oriented services.


An individual licensed under the statutes of the Commonwealth of PA to engage in the practice of medicine and surgery in its branches, or to practice osteopathy or osteopathic surgery as defined in 1 PA C. S. 1991 (relating to definitions).


The process of matching the assessed service and treatment needs to a client with the appropriate type of service and level of care.


An agency that can supply behavioral health services.

Psych Outpatient

Evaluation and treatment services provided to persons who may benefit from periodic visits that may include psychiatric and psychological evaluation, medication management, individual or group therapy. Services are provided by licensed facilities under the supervision of a psychiatrist or by private credentialed practitioners.

Psych Rehab

This is the service approach that has been taken on by many practitioners in this new era of recovery. It is the key foundational principle behind many of the evidenced based approaches such as, Supported Employment, WRAP, Illness Management and Recovery, and many others. It is the service approach that says one can recover from a severe and persistent mental illness. It is also one element of the new model that is being incorporated into Philadelphia's partial hospitalization programs and serves as the foundation of day transformation.

Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization (Day Treatment)

Treatment services provided from 3 to 6 hours per day up to 5 days per week in a licensed facility. Evaluation, treatment and medication are provided under the supervision of a psychiatrist for persons who need more intensive treatment than psychiatric outpatient.

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