People living with mental illness or trauma can & do get better.
That’s what we believe.
That’s what we know.

Who We Are | Current Programs | Medicaid HARP HCBS
Education, Technical Assistance, Consulting | What it means to be ‘Peer-run’ | Mission & Vision

Who We Are

PEOPLe, Inc. is a peer-run not-for-profit agency that advocates with and provides recovery-oriented services for people living with mental health issues or trauma.

Being ‘peer-run’ means we are an agency made up of people with their own personal lived experiences with mental illness, psychiatric diagnoses, trauma, crisis, and most importantly recovery. We use our mutuality – the shared elements of our stories – to inspire and guide people towards lives of wellness; and our collective imaginations & voices drive communities towards better public health through innovation and alternatives. As an agency we’re defined by our core values and core services.

Current Programs

We provide a diverse range of peer services, including:

  • Peer Advocacy & Support
  • Supported Housing
  • Rose House Short-term Crisis Respites / Hospital Diversion Houses
  • Recovery Center
  • Benefits & Employment Counseling
  • Psych Hospital Advocacy & Bridging
  • Care Coordination

Medicaid HARP HCBS

We are also excited to begin providing Medicaid – Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in October, 2016. New York State has approved PEOPLe, Inc. to provide:

  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  • Habilitation
  • Family Support and Training
  • Short-term Crisis Respite
  • Intensive Crisis Respite
  • Education Support Services
  • Empowerment Services – Peer Supports
  • Pre-vocational Services
  • Transitional Employment
  • Intensive Supported Employment
  • Ongoing Supported Employment

We have also been approved by NYS to provide Medicaid-reimbursable Non-medical Transportation. This service will be coming soon!

Education, Technical Assistance, Consulting

PEOPLe, Inc. has developed into one of the most respected peer-operated agencies in New York State and the rest of the US. Our ability to achieve outcomes with our direct services has built our reputation, and now we’re leading educators in the value of:

    • Peer Services and Peer-operated Agencies
    • The Recovery & Wellness Model (as compared to the more traditional ‘Medical Model’)
    • Hospital Diversion and Short-term Crisis Respite
    • Integration & the Triple Aim
    • Trauma-informed Care
    • Alternatives to Incarceration

If you’re interested in receiving information, assistance, or consulting from PEOPLe, Inc. in these areas, please contact our CEO, Steve Miccio.

What it means to be ‘Peer-run’

While we are proud to work and integrate more and more with so-called ‘traditional’ providers, it is also very important that we remain an agency operated of and by persons with personal lived experiences. This helps us to ensure that our services truly promote the interests of consumers, survivors, patients, and ex-patients, without needing to conform to standards, practices, and values that are not consumer-driven, person-centered, or recovery-oriented. ‘PEOPLe’ stands for Projects to Empower & Organize the Psychiatrically Labeled.

Our Mission & Vision

Mission: to instill a sense of hope, empowerment, and self-determination in people living with mental illness that fosters recovery and transitions to wellness.

Vision: to be a global leader in wellness.