The Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PAPRS) is the Pennsylvania state chapter of a national organization known as the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA). Both PRA and PAPRS are non-profit organizations registered with the Internal Revenue Service under 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code as charitable organizations. As a membership organization, payment of dues entitles the member to membership in both the national organization and the state chapter. Categories of membership include individual and organization membership. Member dues are collected by PRA, with a portion distributed to the state chapter (PAPRS) for operation of state chapter services. Other than dues, there is no ownership interest between PRA and PAPRS.

The PAPRS Board of Directors is made up of a group of volunteers elected by the general membership. The Executive Committee is comprised of Board members elected by the full Board of Directors to manage the organization between regularly scheduled board meetings. The officers are President, Immediate Past President, President Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary.

PAPRS is a growing association of more than 300 psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners and organizations throughout Pennsylvania, working together to promote and support the philosophy, values, and practices of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. In order to foster the continued growth and quality of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and recovery focused practices, PAPRS offers innovative education, consultation, and leadership to support practitioners, providers and other stakeholder groups in Pennsylvania. Our dedication to the psychiatric rehabilitation workforce in Pennsylvania  recognizes a need for ongoing training and technical assistance, some of which is required of facilities that provide psychiatric rehabilitation services under 55 Pa.Code Chapter 5230.  

PAPRS has provided and intends to continue to provide continuing education to members and non-members in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation services, as well as technical assistance to organizational members and provider organizations, with both of these services provided either virtually, or at a variety of locations across the state of PA. Although some individual consumers attend our educational programs, PAPRS does not provide direct clinical services to mental health consumers.