Become a Partner

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The Role of a Mental Health Community Partner

A Mental Health Community Partner supports an individual in recovery and their support system when transitioning from a treatment setting to the community. A Partner employs a person centered, strengths-based, and culturally humble approach, and guides them in creating and achieving their wellness goals.

A Partner Will:

  • Meet with the individual and supporters weekly throughout the 90 day program

  • Guide participants in learning a psychoeducational curriculum focused on the cycle of recovery and whole-family support
  • Provide ongoing support to prevent re-hospitalization and support the transition to the community

About Partner Trainings

Mental Health Community Partner Trainings are offered in both in-person and online formats. In-person trainings entail 21 hours (3 days) of classroom instruction. Online trainings entail 15 hours of synchronous training, plus asynchronous self-directed assignments.

Training Topics Include:

  • Person-Centered Planning
  • Deep Listening Skills
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cultural Assessments for Recovery Planning
  • Stigma & Perspectives of Illness

  • Self-Compassion & Self-Care

  • Trauma & Mind-Body Health

  • Healing-Centered Engagement

Requirements for a Partner

An Mental Health Community Partner is:

  • Is a professional, paraprofessional, or peer supporting adults with Serious Mental Illness or youth aged 12+ with Serious Emotional Disturbance and/or their families

  • Connected to an MHCP Partner Site in New York State

  • Works in New York State

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Benefits of Certified Partners

  • 20 renewable clock credit hours for CASAC Counselors, Peer Support Specialists, Family Peer Advocates, Youth Peer Advocates, and other qualifying professions
  • Certification to deliver the Mental Health Community Partners model through your agency to the local community

  • Access to program materials including psycho-educational curriculum, group exercise guides, support form guides, etc.
  • Invitation to the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) Family Engagement Summit to network with other certified Partners

  • Ongoing technical assistance from MHANYS in the form of marketing support, webinars, call-in support meetings, newsletters, evaluation support, etc.

  • Eligible for Mental Health Community Partner recertification at no cost

  • Eligible for MHANYS CarePath Coach Training certification at a reduced cost

Interested in Becoming a Partner?

To become a partner, you must be associated with a Partner Site. See below. 

If your organization is not listed, share Why be a Mental Health Community Partner Site? with your agency.

Check out if your organization is a Partner Site.

Behavioral Health Services North
Center for Independence of the Disabled New York
Community Routes
Created for Greatness Leadership Group
Ellis Medicine
Healthy Families
Joseph’s House and Shelter
Liberated Life Coaching
Mental Health Advocates of Western New York
Mental Health America of Dutchess County
Mental Health Association in Jefferson County
Mental Health Association in Niagara County
Mental Health Association in Tompkins County
Mental Health Association of Genesee & Orleans Counties
National Alliance on Mental Illness Huntington
Northern Region Center for Independent Living
Services for the Underserved


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