Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services


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 of quality Psychiatric Rehabilitation and recovery focused practices, PAPRS offers innovative education, consultation, and leadership to support practitioners, providers and other stakeholder groups in Pennsylvania.


Click below for information on PAPRS Education and Consultation.


   Psychiatric Rehabilitation Education         Consultation Services


On June 10, the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) held a  webinar on Medicaid Funded Housing Transition and Tenancy Sustaining Services:  The Role of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services.

The webinar brings up to date information for Medicaid enrolled providers of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services. 

Access the recorded webinar at this link.

Slide deck for the presentation.

​​Employment Opportunities!

PAPRS is pleased to share the following job opportunities submitted by our organizational members.  If you are an organizational member and would like PAPRS to post your job opening, email details to


Access Services, Delaware Valley Region is currently seeking a highly motivated, independent and organized individual to lead our Bucks County Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (Starting Point) Program.

The Director is responsible for directing the overall management, organization and service delivery of the Starting Point program. Directly supervise, support and educate program managers to help ensure that program objectives are being met and that services provided meet the needs of those being supported. Establish and execute the overall strategic vision of the Starting Point program within the county Behavioral Health system.

Key Responsibilities:

·         Direct the overall management and organization of the Starting Point program (Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services) within designated county.

·         Develop and cast the vision of the Starting Point program among staff and the broader community. Promote and market program to county mental health system and other providers, natural supports and faith communities.

·         Represent Access Services in various workgroups and meetings held within the county mental health system.

·         Provide direction and oversight to the development of community partners.

·         Maintain communication with Senior Director and Vice President Adult Behavioral Health and Crisis team.

·         Work with Senior Director of Adult Behavioral Health in the expansion of related adult mental health support services.

·         Maintain effective working relationships with other leadership across the system.

·         Report any operational, staff or individual concerns according to Access Services’ established policies and procedures.

·         Conduct periodic reviews and assessments of services, individual needs and staff needs. Report the findings and recommendations to the appropriate individuals.

·         Maintain appropriate documentation.

·         Oversee the development and usage of the Balanced Scorecard process.

·         Actively supervise and assist in the resolution of crisis situations.

·         Help ensure the highest quality of care to individuals in helping them meet their needs/goals.

·         Provide overall management of the referral process for Starting Point program and connect with county representatives about potential service options.

·         Keep abreast of developments in the field relating to the provision of services and recovery principles.

·         Help ensure that our services are in compliance with Access Services’ established policies and procedures.

·         Provide leadership of various agency committees and collaboration groups as requested by the senior leadership.


·         Provide overall management to the development, implementation and monitoring of budgets.

·         Provide overall direction for the disbursement of funds for program operations and individual’s personal needs. Oversee accurate, up-to-date records of such disbursements.

·         Prepare various statistical, financial and special reports as required or requested.

·         Pursue the growth of funding resources through partnership with potential funders, Access Services development staff, and the fiscal department.

Personnel Management and Staff Development:

·         Provide supervision to program staff/volunteers/interns.

·         Conduct staff evaluations and give feedback on work performance on a regular basis.

·         Provide overall management of hiring program staff.

·         Help ensure that a proper training process is in place for program employees.

Requirements and Qualifications

·         Valid driver's license, access to own reliable vehicle and proof of adequate car insurance, required.

·         Master’s degree in psychology, social work or other human service related field required plus two (2) years of direct leadership experience, or, Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work

·         OR other human services related field plus five (5) years of direct work experience including one year of supervisory experience working directly with persons with chronic mental illness.

Comprehensive benefit package which includes:
Paid time off, 9 paid holidays per year, health/vision/ prescription/dental insurance, tuition assistance, 401k retirement plan, referral bonus, training and advancement opportunities, mileage reimbursement and other work advantage discounts

At Access Services we encourage and support career development and there are opportunities for you to learn and grow within our organization. We look forward to hearing from you!


Job Type: Full-time

If you would like to be considered for the full-time open position at our agency, please complete an applicant profile and submit an online application by using this provided link:

  • Click "First Time Applicants" to complete an online application
  • Select "Practitioner - Fort Washington, PA" as your job selection

Access Services, Delaware Valley Region is currently seeking a Case Manager to join our Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitative Services (Starting Point) team based in our Fort Washington, PA office. The Case Manager position is full-time, working generally 40 hours per week; 9AM - 5PM Monday through Friday

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work as a part of the Starting Point team to deliver Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services to adults in Montgomery County living with mental illness in the community.
  • Develop implement and update recovery plans based on the goals of each participant.
  • Provide skill training and resource coordination in the areas of living learning working and socializing.
  • Engage participants in a way that recognizes every person's recovery process is unique, and support them in identifying strengths, existing supports, and community resources.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Valid driver's license, regular access to a reliable vehicle and adequate car insurance, required
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field including human services, social work, psychology or special education, or, Certified Peer Specialist certification in lieu of Bachelor’s degree, required.
  • Two (2) years of direct care experience with individuals with a primary mental health diagnosis preferred (with Bachelor’s degree) or three (3) years of direct experience with individuals with a primary mental health diagnosis required (with CPS certification).
  • Commitment to recovery, choice, empowerment, and the ability of people with serious mental illness to live meaningful lives in the community.

Comprehensive benefit package which includes:
Paid time off, 9 paid holidays per year, health/vision/ prescription/dental insurance, tuition assistance, 401k retirement plan, referral bonus, training and advancement opportunities, mileage reimbursement and other work advantage discounts

At Access Services we encourage and support career development and there are opportunities for you to learn and grow within our organization. We look forward to hearing from you!


Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $16.00 to $18.00 /hour

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist

Greensburg, PA
Full-time, Part-time
Salary: $20.00 /hour

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist needed to work in Westmoreland County.

Base of operations are in the Greensburg area.

Staff Qualifications:

Must have a Bachelors degree and 2 years of experience in MH field.

One year must be in a licensed PR program. CPRP certification is a plus.

Position could be either Full Time or Part Time.

Pay rate is $20 per hour (for CPRP certified staff) for face to face billable time.

A lesser rate is reimbursed for non-billable paperwork and travel time.

Position is within a Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation program.

Basic job requirements:

  • Knowledge of and experience with individuals diagnosed with serious mental health diagnoses
  • Knowledge of evidence-based interventions/skills and ability to instruct and support individuals with their identified goals to recovery
  • Able to administer and interpret Functional Assessment results.
  • Must be able to work as a team within and outside of the program
  • Coordinate services
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Must possess good written and verbal communication skills

All candidates MUST have at least one year in a licensed PR program. Candidates without this experience cannot be considered.

Criminal Clearances and clean driving record is required.

Company car is provided.



Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Worker (Part-Time and Full-Time positions available)
Who We Are: Glade Run is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that provides autism, mental health, cultural, and educational programming to children and families through education and community based offerings across Western Pennsylvania. Services include St. Stephen’s Academy, a licensed private school offering ASD programming and direct positive behavior interventions and supports for youth in grades K-12; community based mental health services for children, adults and families; and therapeutic animal and horticulture programs through Glade Run Adventures. Glade Run is an Autism Friendly Organization, a United Way partner agency, and is Sanctuary certified by the Andrus Institute. Founded as an orphanage in 1854, we are proud to stand behind 160+ years of building a brighter future for children and their families
Position Summary: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Worker
The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Worker is a member of the EPIC team (Empowering People in Communities) who provides group and/or individual skill development interventions with adults 18 years and older who are diagnosed with a serious, persistent mental health disorder. Services are focused within the Living, Social, Vocational, Educational, and Wellness Domain to empower individual’s ability to manage the severity of their mental health issues while living, learning, working, and being social within their natural communities. Services are provided at the site based location, community, and individuals’ homes.
A Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PRS) Worker shall have one of the following:
1. Bachelor’s degree with current Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP)
Certification preferred;
2. Bachelor's degree; OR
3. An associate's degree and one (1) year work experience in mental health direct service; OR
4. A Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) certificate and one (1) additional year paid or volunteer work experience in mental health direct service; OR
5. A high school diploma or GED and two (2) years’ work experience in human services which must include one (1) year of mental health direct service.
Psychiatric Rehabilitation staff will meet the staff development (training) criteria outlined in Pennsylvania regulations for Psychiatric rehabilitation Chapter 5230.
Newly hired Staff will receive six hours of face-to-face mentoring prior to staff delivering services independently. Mentoring shall be provided by a PRS director or psychiatric rehabilitation specialist designated as a supervisor and is required within the first year of employment.
Six hours of training in the specific PRS model or interventions being used prior to a new staff working independently and is required within the first year of employment
All degrees and coursework must be from an accredited program and/or university or college in accordance with Policy Clarification 02-11 dated June 9, 2010, and be conferred by the university or college.
Physical Requirements:
1. Must have audio/visual/verbal capabilities to provide supervision for the clients and to perform essential job functions.
Emotional Requirements:
1. Must have emotional stability to perform essential job functions.
Other Requirements:
1. Knowledge and/or experience with individuals diagnosed with serious and persistent mental health diagnosis.
2. Ability to work as a team member.
3. Ability to accept supervision.
4. Ability to adjust hours to job requirements.
5. Ability to work independently.
6. Must possess good written and verbal communication skills.
7. Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record is required.
8. Ability to drive for work purposes including to client homes and to job site.
9. Ability to identify with the agency’s Mission Statement and support the agency’s Core Values.
10. Must be eligible for PA State Police Clearance, PA Child Abuse History clearance, and FBI clearance.
  • Implement the daily schedule of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services program.
  • Conduct individual assessments and assist the individual with their recovery plan.
  • Provide group curriculum (Mobile) that will help individuals learn to become active in the community, gaining independence in use of public transportation, budgeting and shopping, and accessing social, spiritual and recreational outlets.
  • Instruct/coach and support individuals utilizing interventions and skills that support the individual client’s recovery plan.
  • Complete daily documentation of individual progress and curriculum/skills used in programming.
  • Build relationships and communicate with Butler County Human Services providers and other community referral sources.
  • Provide Supervisor with up-to-date information regarding on-going programmatic, quality, authorization and compliance issues
  • Participate in program development and required in-service trainings and workshops as requested.
  • May be required to perform services in clients’ homes after required training and orientation is met.
  • Illness Management and Recovery
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Behavior Modification Techniques
  • Family and Individual Assessments
  • Behavior Management
  • Group Dynamics
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Chapter 5230.
  • Department of Human Services Regulations
  • Office of Mental Health/Medical Assistance Regulations
  • Adult Protective Services Law
  • Social/life skills
  • Utilizing an individual’s strengths
  • DSM – V
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment
Job Location)(s):
Butler County
Job Type(s):
Full-Time and Part-Time
How to Apply:
Candidates must apply via our careers page at This is the first step in our application process.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Work for a company that cares and get a bonus! If you are hired and meet the qualifications it may be worth $500! In our on-going efforts to recruit, hire and retain a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Worker with current Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) Certification, we are offering a New Hire Incentive Bonus!




PRA offers training and continuing education opportunities through the Academy of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery, your trusted source of vetted, important information, comprising 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.   

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