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Using the unique power of peer supports to enhance recovery and self-empowerment informs CAPS, a peer-run organization serving adults in New York’s capital region recovering from mental illnesses.

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Announcing Our First CAPS Videos

These virtual tours of CAPS programs introduce the viewer to CAPS' Victor Pagano Community Drop In Center (CDIC), the administrative areas, the upstairs music, art, and exercise rooms, and the 100 Clinton Ave. Apartment Program, Several staff members, members of the morning program at CDIC, and a resident of the Apartment Program share thoughts about their involvement with CAPS.

CAPS thanks Mary Reilly, who volunteered to edit the video.

Capital Area Peer Services

A group of members in front of the club.CAPS was founded in 1989 as Community Living Associates Program, Inc., by a small group of mental health service recipients in the Albany, NY, who envisioned a housing advocacy service that would be staffed by people in recovery from mental illness. Today CAPS has grown to include five programs:

 

CAPS, A Peer-Run Organization

A group of members in the club.CAPS, a peer-run agency that serves adults in the capital region of New York who are recovering from mental illnesses, uses the unique power of peer services to enhance recovery and self-empowerment. Our programs enhance the well-being of those we serve through increased community integration, systems advocacy, and problem solving skills in environments that foster self-determination. Capital Area Peer Services (CAPS) promotes dignity, safety, recovery, and community.

CAPS benefits staff and consumers by offering opportunities for companionship and activities, to learn and practice skills applicable to many areas of life, to become more integrated members of the community, and to avoid expensive or lengthy hospital stays.

 

 

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CAPS' Mission

Capital Area Peer Services, "CAPS", promotes dignity, safety, recovery and community. CAPS, a peer-run agency that serves adults in the capital region of New York state who are recovering from mental illnesses, uses the unique power of peer services to enhance recovery and self-empowerment. Our programs enhance the well-being of those we serve through increased community integration, systems advocacy, and problem solving skills in environments that foster self-determination.

CAPS' Platform of Values

The CAPS administration, staff and members of the Board of Directors agree that the following core recovery-focused values guide our decision-making.

  • All consumers must have a safe environment for their recovery work.
  • Success focuses on the person.
  • All consumers must make informed choices.
  • Peer organizations are the focal point for the partnership between the consumer, providers and the community at large.
  • Trust is the foundation of everything we do.
  • We celebrate cultural values and diversity.
  • The peer knowledge network drives peer organizations.
  • We support consumers in their community of choice.

CAPS' Vision

Our vision is that all consumers develop satisfying, self-directed and enriching lives, identifying and realizing their chosen goals in the community of their choice.

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Capital Area Peer Services
354 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12208-2311

P 518.427.5056
F 518.427.5059

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