Consumer-operated services programs (COSP) are peer-run service programs that are administratively controlled and operated by mental health consumers and emphasize self-help as their operational approach.
Drop-In Centers are a safe place where consumers can go to find recovery programs and services provided by their peers. They offer a wide variety of services including recovery focused support groups, life enhancement skills, goal setting, problem solving, computer and internet access as well as socialization with others in recovery. Anyone with a mental health diagnosis or who is or has experienced symptoms of a mental illness is welcome to participate in services. All services are self-directed and free of charge.
- Video - Mark Stringer, Former Director of Division of Behavioral Health, talks about Consumer Operated Services Programs
- Consumer Operated Services Program brochure
- Consumer Operated Services Program Webinar - an overview of the Drop-in Centers and Warm Lines in Missouri
- Consumer Operated Services Program Fact Sheet
- The National Dialogue on Mental Health has created a new website that includes information and stories of hope and recovery.
Recovery Services Specialist
Director of Recovery Services
Links to Helpful Resources
- Consumer Operated Services Programs Evidence Based Practice Toolkit
- PowerPoint presentation
- Peer Specialist website - Information about the Missouri Certified Peer Specialist training program
- Supported Employment - Information and resources about Missouri’s supported employment efforts
- Wellness Recovery Action Plan - Wellness Recovery Action Plan information and resources