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If you need help to edit your profile, please go to Editing Individual and Organizational Profiles.  This article contains information updated November 2022, following some changes to the website structure.

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Registration is Open for the 2023 Virtual Conference






2023 Conference Scholarships

The Scholarship application process is closed as of February 28, 2023.

2023 RESPECT Poster Contest

The RESPECT Poster Contest will begin accepting submissions on January 1, 2023.   Each contestant may submit one poster. Please visit the Poster Contest information page under the conference tab, and submit your poster using the 2023 Poster Contest entry form.  The last day to submit a poster is March 31, 2023.  Late entries will not be accepted.



The Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services issued proposed rulemaking to amend 55 Pa.Code Chapter 5230 Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services on July 9, 2022.  The proposed amendment includes the addition of services for Youth and Young Adults, and addresses changes in the updated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual that affect eligibility for services.  The proposed amendment also addresses the availability of telehealth and services provided in the individual’s home, as well as updated requirements for staff credentials and clearances, quality management requirements and reduced paperwork requirements related to obtaining the individual’s signature on service documents. 

To read the publication, go to:  http://www.pacodeandbulletin.gov/Display/pabull?file=/secure/pabulletin/data/vol52/52-28/1008.html

The publication contains two sections:  the Preamble, which explains the proposed changes and the rationale for making the proposed changes; and Annex A which is the regulation, and which shows all proposed deletions and additions. Within the Annex, bold items in brackets are deletions; bold items that are underlined are additions.

The period for public comment on the proposed amendment to 55 Pa.Code Chapter 5230 Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services closed on August 8, 2022.  To view the list of public commentators and open and read their comments, go to: http://www.irrc.state.pa.us/regulations/fullList.cfm?ID=3358&typ=ppc

At the close of the Public Comment period, OMHSAS will begin a review of all comments received and will prepare the “final form” of Chapter 5230.  This is a lengthy process that culminates with formal review by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission during a public hearing.  Until then, this publication is a proposal and will not be enforced. Please continue to operate under Chapter 5230 as codified on May 11, 2013.


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The Clubhouse Model

A special issue call for papers

Submission deadline: April 1, 2023
Guest editor: Colleen McKay, MA, CAGS

The editors of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal are soliciting papers for a special issue devoted to the topic of the Clubhouse Model for individuals living with serious mental illnesses.

The Clubhouse Model is an evidence-based model of psychosocial rehabilitation that offers people living with mental illness opportunities for building meaningful relationships to end isolation, facilitate reintegration into the larger community, and enable access to an array of recovery-oriented supports and services.

The special issue is intended to feature a broad range of articles to expand the knowledge base and improve our understanding of best practices, innovations, impact, and outcomes associated with the Clubhouse Model.


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about the journal

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal is a quarterly journal publishing original, peer-reviewed scholarly work that advances the evidence for and understanding of psychosocial treatment and recovery of people with psychiatric disabilities, consistent with the principles and values of psychiatric rehabilitation and person-centered care. Learn more.


PRA Update

PRA has recently transitioned to a new management company, Meaningful Measurement, for Membership and Certification processes. We are already seeing hopeful signs of improvement.

If you have unresolved issues with membership status or certification status, please go to the PRA UPDATE to read the message from PRA and find current contact information.  If your last message to PRA requesting help was prior to March 2022, please contact them again to request assistance.  PAPRS is very hopeful that you will now be able to get resolution.

 Coming Soon

  • Opportunities for Members to participate in Community Forums through this website
  • Launch of PAPRS new LMS platform
  • Tools to track your continuing education hours within your profile Activated for all members
  • Registration is now open for the Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) course.  Please visit the Education tab for a description and list of dates.

 Check out our virtual training opportunities!

Visit the upcoming Events menu, or the Calendar for dates, and visit the Training and Consultation menu for more detailed information about training opportunities. 





PAPRS training is approved for continuing education credit by the PRA Academy of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery. PAPRS awards CE hours for CPRP and CFRP certification.



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 PRA offers training and continuing education opportunities through the Academy of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery, your trusted source of vetted, important information, comprised of programs in the areas of psychiatric rehabilitation, as well as leadership and management. To grow and train the recovery workforce, the Academy provides whole lifelong career learning in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Wellness, Resiliency & Recovery.



What is Psychiatric Rehabilitation?

Psychiatric Rehabilitation is a strengths-based community mental health service focused on helping an individual living with a mental illness to create the necessary positive changes in skills and resources that will lead to success and satisfaction in chosen roles within the Psychiatric Rehabilitation domains. Psychiatric Rehabilitation services are driven by the individual and based on personal preferences and choice. The Psychiatric Rehabilitation process is founded in hope and the belief that all individuals can utilize a recovery journey to enhance their own quality of life. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services are based upon a professional Code of Ethics developed by PRA.

What are the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Domains?

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