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Directory of Peer-run Crisis Services
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There are many different types of peer-run and peer-operated alternatives to psychiatric hospitalization. Successful peer-run and peer-operated respites are currently operating in California, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Below is a directory of peer-run and peer-operated alternatives compiled by NEC. If you are aware of a program or service that should be added to this list, please contact the National Empowerment Center with the information. [Click to download this directory (PDF, 114KB, 4 pages)]
A Peer-Run Respite indicates that peers oversee, staff, and operate the respite at all levels and that at least 51% of the Board of Directors identifies as peers.
A Hybrid indicates that although the respite is attached to a traditional provider organization and/or the Board of Directors is comprised of less than half peers, the director and staff of the respite do identify as peers.
Click here for an overview peer respites in the United States (PDF, 1MB, 3 pages).
Afiya strives to provide a safe space in which each person can find the balance and support needed to turn what is so often referred to as a ‘crisis’ into a learning and growth opportunity. Afiya is located in a residential neighborhood in Northampton, Massachusetts and is central to a variety of community resources. It is available to anyone ages 18 and older who is experiencing distress and feels they would benefit from being in a short-term, 24-hour peer-supported environment with others who have ‘been there.’ Typical stays at Afiya range from one to seven days. The majority of people you will meet (including in leadership roles) at Afiya identify as having lived experience that may include extreme emotional or altered states, psychiatric diagnoses, trauma histories, living without a home, navigating the mental health and other public systems, addictions and more.
Open as of November 21, 2011, the mission of Alyssum is to provide a peer operated non- medical holistic approach to mental wellness and recovery for Vermonters who are experiencing emotional crisis. This alternative to psychiatric hospitalization provides a safe, mutually supportive, non- judgmental, educational and self- empowering environment. Alyssum affords individuals the opportunity to engage in the principles of wellness, recovery and peer support and to emerge from crisis with wisdom and the personal responsibility skills for living well.
CSPNJ WELLNESS RESPITE SERVICES - Middlesex & Passaic Counties, New Jersey
The Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ) Wellness Respite Service (WRS) is a peer operated crisis diversion resource located in Middlesex and Passaic Counties. Serving individuals who are 21 years of age or older and who are experiencing crisis or severe emotional distress, the WRS is geared for people who seek assistance in managing an acute crisis that interferes with their personal recovery and wellness. Guests are able to receive support in a comfortable home environment located in the community for up to 10 days, and an additional 30 days of follow-up support. The WRS is a unique opportunity for peers in crisis to connect, build relationships, gain support to lessen emotional distress.
Funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
FOUNDATIONS: A Place for Education and Recovery
Funded by the county mental health board, the Foundations program includes educational and support groups, trainings, and opportunities for volunteers to be part of the organization. People are referred to the program by their service provider and usually stay 1-3 days. Three respite bedrooms are available; guests in the respite choose what they need to do for their own support and recovery. Many people become volunteer peer workers after being released. Suicidal people are referred to a crisis center. This is a clinically oriented respite program, overseen by the community mental health center and staffed by consumers.
GEORGIA PEER SUPPORT AND WELLNESS CENTER
The Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Centers of Georgia are projects of the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, funded through a contract with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
The Peer Support, Wellness and Respite Centers of Georgia (PSWRCs) are peer-run alternatives to traditional mental health services. The first PSWRC was opened in Decatur, GA on January 30, 2008. In June 2011, two more locations were opened in North Georgia as a response to the regional hospital closing in North Georgia. In September 2014, two more PSWRCs were opened, also in response to a regional hospital closing in South Georgia. Each of the five PSWRCs offer a 24/7 warmline, daily wellness activities, community resources, computers/wifi, and 3 respite rooms where a person can stay for up to 7 days instead of going into psychiatric hospital. The PSWRCs are open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm for house tours, activities, community outings, general resources, and computers. See the website for more detailed information and schedules for each PSWRC. [Visit their website]
HACIENDA OF HOPE
Hacienda of Hope is a welcoming homelike environment that offers support, and tools for fostering wellness and managing crisis and recovery. Guests stay in a residential respite home that is run by peers with lived experience, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Guests have the opportunity to create individualized wellness and recovery action plans that are entered around the 8 Dimensions of Wellness and Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP).
Website: www.mha-ne.org/honu (under development)
Honu Home is a peer-run respite program offering an alternative support system to adults transitioning from the state correction system who are living with mental and substance use issues. Honu Home provides a comfortable, clean, furnished five-bedroom house in a quiet and safe neighborhood. Trained peer companions who are compassionate, understanding, and empowering offer self-help and proactive recovery tools to regain and maintain wellness. In addition to living with behavioral health issues themselves, all Honu staff also have experience with the correctional system and they understand the unique challenges and the need for support in difficult times, and offer strength, hope, and knowledge about recovery to those individuals who need a supportive and healing environment.
As of its opening on April 13, 2015, Iris Place Peer Run Respite is delighted to live and share its mission of providing a home-like, safe, and welcoming environment for people who want and need peer support in order to navigate or avoid a crisis related to mental health and/or substance abuse. The staff of Iris Place (all of whom have lived experience) are proud and excited to be able to offer this new alternative to hospitalization. Iris Place is located in Appleton, Wisconsin (northeast region) and is free to all Wisconsin adult residents. We believe that healing happens in relationships, as well as that individuals are the experts of their own experiences, and we look forward to exploring unique pathways to recovery with our future guests!
Keya House is a peer-run respite program offering an alternative support system to psychiatric hospitalization. Keya House provides a comfortable, clean, furnished four-bedroom house in a quiet and safe neighborhood. Trained peer companions who are compassionate, understanding, and empowering offer self-help and proactive recovery tools to regain and maintain wellness. They understand the need for support in these difficult times, and offer strength, hope, and knowledge about recovery to those individuals who need a supportive and healing environment.
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