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Resources for Starting a Peer-run Crisis Alternative in Your Area
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Archive of A Future for Early Intervention webinar now available!
We apologize for some technical difficulties. The slides do not become visible until 10 minutes in to the presentation, however you can also follow along by downloading the slides here (PDF, 2.7MB, 32 pages).
This webinar explored contemporary practices in specialized early psychosis services with an emphasis on service gaps in the areas of trauma, ethnic/racial disparities/cultural humility, and peer support. The presenters covered current practice innovations and described an agenda for increased peer leadership and transformative change within early intervention.
Disclaimer: The views, opinions, and content expressed in this presentation do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Improving Relationships Between Police and the Mental Health Community: Archive Now Available
Please note there are technical difficulties for about the first 20 minutes which get resolved.
Short Film about Afiya Peer Respite
We recommend you use this short film to educate yourself and others about the values and best practices of peer respites.
Toolkit for Evaluating Peer Respites Now Available!
The National Empowerment Center supported Live and Learn and the Human Services Research Institute to develop a Toolkit for Evaluating Peer Respites that is now available on our website by clicking here.
This toolkit can be useful not only for peer respites, but also for anyone who wants to evaluate their organization or program. Click to download the toolkit (PDF, 841KB, 85 pages)
New Manual for Starting Peer-Run Respites Now Available for Free Download!
Thanks to the experience of Rose House, the work of PEOPLE, Inc., and the support of Optum Health, a new manual is now available for people interested in starting hospital diversion services, which are crisis alternatives that include peer-run respites. Thank you to PEOPLE, Inc. and Optum Health for making this document free and accessible! The manual has several interactive pieces and is user friendly. We are proud at the NEC to be able to showcase this manual and make it available for free download. If you do copy it, please make sure to give proper credit. The manual is available here:
Hospital Diversion Services - Developing a Peer-Respite Diversion Service in Your Area
Are you interested in starting a hospital-diversion service or peer-run respite in your area? Based on the experience of Rose House, the work of PEOPLe, Inc., and the support of Optum Health, a new manual is now available for people interested in starting peer-run hospital diversion services. Steve Miccio, author of this manual, presents the key concepts. The manual is available here:
Webinar: Building the Foundation for a Successful Peer-run Respite
The presenters will discuss their first-hand experience with building connections with the community while opening and running a peer-run respite, including how to: lay the groundwork, educate the community, and establish relationships; address common community misconceptions and avoid the "Not in My Backyard (NIMBY)" phenomenon; and maintain positive connections in the local community while operating a peer-run respite. (NOTE: Due to some technical difficulties, there are a few recording glitches in this webinar)
Webinar: So You Want to Start a Peer-Run Respite?
Archived presentation and audio-video available now!
Also available as PowerPoint Presentation and a PDF version:
Video: Introduction to Peer-Run Crisis Respites
By Daniel B. Fisher and Cathy A. Levin (23 minutes)
For a larger video visit:
Peer-run Crisis Respite Programs - an Introduction
Bringing Peer-run Respites to Massachusetts
Concept paper used to persuade decision-makers at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health to fund peer-run respites. This concept paper follows a sequence of headings, 1) What our goals are, 2) What we know, 3) What we propose to do, and 4) Why NEC is uniquely able to be successful. It can be used as an example of how to write a successful concept paper.”
Western Mass Recovery Learning Community
The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) is driven by values rather than rules. The Guiding Council of Western Mass (GCOW) - advisory board to the RLC - developed this set of defining principles through a participatory process to guide the community and support its growth and vibrancy. The defining principles are posted in all RLC spaces and are considered to be one of the community's foundational documents.
Peer-Run Crisis Respites (PRCR) Fact Sheet
Webinar: Peer Support Wellness Respite Centers
Eight states currently fund Peer Support Wellness Respite Centers promoting mind-body wellness, whole health, and resiliency. Join us for this free webinar that will address how these innovative Centers are supporting wellness and demonstrating outcomes that include reduced hospitalization for people in recovery from addiction and mental illness. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.
Do-It-Yourself Peer-run Crisis Alternative Center
Recovery from Crisis Through Peer Run Respite
Combating NIMBYism (not in my backyard): What a Difference a Community Makes
Articles by Shery Mead on Peer Support and Peer Crisis Alternatives
Peer Respite Services: Transforming Crisis to Wellness
Steve Miccio describes Rose House model
Performance Measurement: ROSI-A tool to measure mental health recovery in local mental health systems
Peer Led Crisis Alternatives
Crisis Hostel User Guide and Policy/Procedure Manual
Likert scale survey about recovery
Sample job posting for new peer-run respite
Description of a class for peers to write about their recovery
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