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Directory of Peer Respites

A peer respite is a voluntary, short-term, overnight program that provides community-based, non-clinical crisis support to help people find new understanding and ways to move forward. It operates 24 hours per day in a homelike environment. Successful peer respites are currently operating in California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Below is a directory of peer respites 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.

Peer respites are staffed and operated by people with psychiatric histories or who have experienced trauma and/or extreme states. This means that: 1) 100% of staff have lived experience of extreme states and/or the behavioral health system; 2) All individuals in program/house management positions have lived experience of extreme states and/or the mental health system; 3) Job descriptions for program/house management positions require lived experience of extreme states and/or the mental health system; and 4) The peer respite is either operated by a peer-run organization OR has an advisory group with 51% or more members having lived experience of extreme states and/or the behavioral health system.  For more information on peer respites you can visit www.peerrespite.net.

Click here for an overview peer respites in the United States (PDF, 1.02MB, 9 pages)

AFIYA

Website: www.afiyahouse.org
Location: Northampton, MA
Phone: 413-570-2990
Email: [email protected]
Funded primarily by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

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.

ALTERNATIVE LIFE CENTER PEER SUPPORT AGENCY

Website: http://www.alccenters.org
Location: Conway, NH
Contact: Laura Mekinova, Executive Director
Phone: 603-447-1765
Email: [email protected]

Alternative Life Center Peer Support Agency in Conway, NH is open Monday through Saturday and provides a variety of groups and activities for members. Alternative Life Center has also added a two bedroom Crisis Respite program. People who choose to say as guests stay overnight from one to seven days and are welcome to bring their pets. This is an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization, serving individuals with overwhelming feelings including those who feel so badly that they do not want to continue living. Guests are free to come and go. Some continue to go to work and stay overnight at Alternative Life Center. Guests bring and cook their own food and can have 24-hour peer support available to them. Alternative Life Center Crisis Respite Program creates an opportunity for people to learn from, and be supported in making the transition from crisis to wellness. Within the context of a mutually responsible relationship, and with the help of consumer staff’s experiential knowledge and training, those who sincerely wish to overcome their difficulties can greatly reduce the use of more restrictive hospital settings, including involuntary admissions. All services are free to New Hampshire residents.

ALYSSUM, Inc.

Website: www.alyssum.org
Location: Rochester, Vermont
Contact: Gloria van den Berg
Phone: 802-767-6000
Email: [email protected]

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

Website: www.cspnj.org

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.

Middlesex County Wellness Respite Services
Phone: 732-757-8777
Email: [email protected]

Passaic County Wellness Respite Services
Phone: 862-239-9896
Email: [email protected]

Funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services

EAGLES NEST RESPITE HOUSE

Website: www.wnyhousingoptions.org
Location: Cattaraugus County, NY
Contact: Kirsten Vincent, Program Director of Respite Services
Phone: 844-421-1114 or 716-241-4605
Email: [email protected]

Housing Options Made Easy, Inc. has developed innovative peer-run Short-Term Crisis Respite hospital diversion programs that fill a critical gap in the mental health services in Western New York. The Respite Centers provide a recovery-based alternative to existing hospital-driven emergency services. The Respite Centers are strength-based and are designed to promote wellness. The goal of the Respite Centers is to provide recovery-oriented, trauma-informed peer and formal support in a community setting.

Eagles Nest Respite serves Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties.  It is a short term (1-5 days) peer-run respite home operating in a capacity similar to a bed and breakfast. In most cases we can admit someone within an hour of the pre-registration phone call. Both respite homes can admit guests 24/7 and are open every day of the year.  Each respite is a place where people can reassess goals as they continue on their positive path in life.  The respite staff are all highly trained peer companions and advocates. Our goal is to foster hope for positive change by empowering individuals to discover the ability and knowledge within themselves to create healthy goals to support wellness. We provide opportunity for our guests to gain the tools that they need to continue to find their positive path in life and to help inspire others to do the same. We offer support and empathy, a non-Judgmental environment, one-on-one and/or group chats, empowerment, supportive relationships, linkage to community resources, educating and providing tools for continued wellness, advocacy, community outreach, art, music, cooking, journaling, and so much more!!!

FOUNDATIONS: A Place for Education and Recovery

Website: www.foundationscanton.org
Location: 1707 Cleveland Ave., NW, Canton, OH
Phone: 330-454-2888
Email: [email protected]

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.

GAINESVILLE PEER RESPITE

Website: www.gainsvillerespite.org
Phone: 352-559-4559
Email: [email protected]

The Gainesville Peer Respite provides sanctuary and support to those who are experiencing or have experienced overwhelming mental/emotional distress. They seek to create a community that supports open dialogue, empowerment, self-determination, recovery and wellness.

GEORGIA PEER SUPPORT AND WELLNESS CENTER

Website: www.gmhcn.org/wellnesscenter
Phone: 770-276-2019
Contact: Roslind Hayes, Statewide Coordinator
Email: [email protected]

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]

Locations:

Metro Atlanta
Address: 444 Sycamore Dr; Decatur, GA 30030
Director: Jayme Lynch, CPS
Phone: 404-371-1414
Email: [email protected]

White County
Address: 46 Knaus Drive; Cleveland, Ga 30528
Director: Victoria Fuller, CPS
Phone: 706-865-3601
Email: [email protected]

Bartow County
Address: 201 N Erwin St; Cartersville, GA  30120
Director: Jennifer Barnett, CPS
Phone: 770-276-2019
Email: [email protected]

Colquitt County
Address: 417 2nd St. SE; Moultrie, GA 31768
Director: Shaun Johnson, CPS
Phone: 229-873-9737
Email: [email protected]

Henry County
Address: 67 Keys Ferry St; McDonough, GA  30253
Director: Noah Williams, CPS
Phone: 678-782-7666
Email: [email protected]

GRASSROOTS WELLNESS PEER RUN RESPITE

Website: www.grassroots-wellness.org
Location: Menomonie, Wisconsin
Phone: 715-619-0588
Email: [email protected]

Grassroots Wellness Peer Run Respite, located in Menomonie, WI, is one of three respites funded by the State of Wisconsin, open and free to Wisconsin adult residents. We are a program of Grassroots Empowerment Project, a statewide advocacy organization based out of Madison. We welcome guests who are interested in receiving peer support for self-directed healing rather than traditional care and treatment services. Our support team is well-versed in non-traditional, non-clinical healing modalities, including Tai Chi, yoga, creative expression, spiritual practices, intentional nutrition, Emotional CPR, and Alternatives to Suicide and Hearing Voices Network Support groups, among others. Grassroots Wellness is heartily welcomed by the vibrant Menomonie community, and guests frequently express gratitude for their interactions and immersion in the local offerings of this charming, Western Wisconsin town.

H.E.A.R.T.S. PEER SUPPORT AGENCY

Website: www.heartspsa.org
Location: Nashua, NH
Contact: Ken Lewis, Executive Director
Phone: 603-882-8400
Email: [email protected]

H.E.A.R.T.S. Peer Support Agency in Nashua, NH is open Monday through Saturday and provides a variety of groups and activities for members. H.E.A.R.T.S. has also added a two bedroom Crisis Respite program. People who choose to say as guests stay overnight from one to seven days and are welcome to bring their pets. This is an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization, serving individuals with overwhelming feelings including those who feel so badly that they do not want to continue living. Guests are free to come and go. Some continue to go to work and stay overnight at H.E.A.R.T.S. Guests bring and cook their own food and can have 24-hour peer support available to them. H.E.A.R.T.S. Crisis Respite Program creates an opportunity for people to learn from, and be supported in making the transition from crisis to wellness. Within the context of a mutually responsible relationship, and with the help of consumer staff’s experiential knowledge and training, those who sincerely wish to overcome their difficulties can greatly reduce the use of more restrictive hospital settings, including involuntary admissions. All services are free to New Hampshire residents.

HACIENDA OF HOPE

Website: http://prpsn.org/index.php/program-elements/peer-run-respite-services/hacienda-of-hope
Location: 2241 W. Williams Street, Long Beach, CA 90810
Phone: 562-388-8183
Email: [email protected]

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).

Hacienda of Hope is a partnership between Project Return Peer Support Network (PRPSN) and Mental Health America Los Angeles (MHALA).

HONU HOME

Website: https://mha-ne.org/programs-services/honu.html
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska, Mental Health Association of Nebraska
Phone: 402-975-2032
Email: [email protected]

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.

IRIS PLACE

Website: www.irisplacewi.org
Location: Appleton, Wisconsin
Phone: 920-815-3217
Email: [email protected]

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

Website: www.mha-ne.org/keya
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska, Mental Health Association of Nebraska
Phone: 402-261-5959
Email: [email protected]

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.

MONADNOCK PEER RESPITE

Website: www.monadnockpsa.org
Location: Keene, NH
Contact: Jim McLaughlin, Respite Director
Phone: 603-352-5093 or 603-352-5094
Email: [email protected]

Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency in Keene, NH is open Monday through Saturday and provides a variety of groups and activities for members. Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency has also added a two bedroom Crisis Respite program. People who choose to say as guests stay overnight from one to seven days and are welcome to bring their pets. This is an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization, serving individuals with overwhelming feelings including those who feel so badly that they do not want to continue living. Guests are free to come and go. Some continue to go to work and stay overnight at Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency. Guests bring and cook their own food and can have 24-hour peer support available to them. Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency Respite Program creates an opportunity for people to learn from, and be supported in making the transition from crisis to wellness. Within the context of a mutually responsible relationship, and with the help of consumer staff’s experiential knowledge and training, those who sincerely wish to overcome their difficulties can greatly reduce the use of more restrictive hospital settings, including involuntary admissions. All services are free to New Hampshire residents.

REFLECTIONS: Whole Life Recovery Community
A program of Recovery Partnership

Website: www.recoverypartnership.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Reflections.wholeliferecoverycommunity
Location: 1360 Main Street Hellertown, PA 18055
Contact: Donna Keutmann, CPRP
Phone: 610-861-2741
Fax: 610-748-1012
Email: [email protected]

Recovery Partnership opened the doors to Reflections in March, 2014 responding to the needs voiced within our local community. Reflections is for individuals who are experiencing distress and feel that they would benefit from connecting with others who have “been there”. We provide short-term 24 hour peer-to-peer support within a home-like environment. Reflections is pet-friendly and can have up to three guests at a time. We offer a non-medical, supportive approach where individuals find hope and healing. Our goal is to ease the feelings of panic, anger, powerlessness, and frustration through a common connection. This common connection offers a non-judgmental, trusting relationship within which individuals can explore new methods of dealing with personal triggers. We are centrally located within Northampton County, PA and accessible by public transportation.

REFRESHING WATERS RESPITE HOUSE

Website: www.wnyhousingoptions.org
Location: Erie County, NY
Contact: Kirsten Vincent, Program Director of Respite Services
Phone: 844-588-8427 or 716-248-2886
Email: [email protected]

Housing Options Made Easy, Inc. has developed innovative peer-run Short-Term Crisis Respite hospital diversion programs that fill a critical gap in the mental health services in Western New York. The Respite Centers provide a recovery-based alternative to existing hospital-driven emergency services. The Respite Centers are strength-based and are designed to promote wellness. The goal of the Respite Centers is to provide recovery-oriented, trauma-informed peer and formal support in a community setting.

Refreshing Waters Respite serves Erie County.  It is a short term (1-5 days) peer-run respite home operating in a capacity similar to a bed and breakfast. In most cases we can admit someone within an hour of the pre-registration phone call. Both respite homes can admit guests 24/7 and are open every day of the year.  Each respite is a place where people can reassess goals as they continue on their positive path in life.  The respite staff are all highly trained peer companions and advocates. Our goal is to foster hope for positive change by empowering individuals to discover the ability and knowledge within themselves to create healthy goals to support wellness. We provide opportunity for our guests to gain the tools that they need to continue to find their positive path in life and to help inspire others to do the same. We offer support and empathy, a non-Judgmental environment, one-on-one and/or group chats, empowerment, supportive relationships, linkage to community resources, educating and providing tools for continued wellness, advocacy, community outreach, art, music, cooking, journaling, and so much more!!!

ROSE HOUSE HOSPITAL DIVERSION PROGRAM by PEOPLe Inc.
Serving Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Ulster, Warren and Washington Counties

Rose Houses are 100% peer-operated short-term crisis respites that are open and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Rose Houses are trauma informed safe, empowering, self-determined learning communities that allow guests to work on their personal wellness, however they define it. In addition to being site based, Rose Houses reach out beyond their walls through 24 hour peer-operated warm lines and mobile peer services. Rose House services are designed to help individuals break the cycle of crisis and hospitalization and connect to natural supports in the community. The Rose House is a self-referral service where guests can access and register at each house 24 hours a day.

Website: www.rosehouserespite.org and www.projectstoempower.org (click the menu link for “Rose House”)
Cost per day: Free to those located in the counties we serve.

Contact Information:

Director of Diversion Services

Moira Dwyer
126 Innis Avenue
Poughkeepsie NY 12601

Phone: (845) 452-2728 Ext. 206
E-Mail: [email protected]

Orange and Ulster Counties

Walden, NY
(845) 452-2728 Ext. 301
24 hours Warm Line, Self Referrals for Site Based Diversion/Crisis Respite, or mobile services.

Putnam County

Garrison, NY
(845) 452-2728 Ext. 401
24 hour Warm Line, Self Referrals for Site Based Diversion/Crisis Respite, or mobile services.

Warren and Washington Counties

Glens Falls, NY
(518) 502-1172
24 hour Warm Line, Self Referrals for Site Based Diversion/Crisis Respite, or mobile services.

Dutchess County

Hyde Park, NY
(845) 452- 2728 Ext. 450
24 hour Warm Line, Self Referrals for Site Based Diversion/Crisis Respite, or mobile services

SHARE! RECOVERY RETREAT

Website: www.shareselfhelp.org
Location: Monterey Park, CA
Phone: 310-846-5270
Email: [email protected]
Funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

The SHARE! Recovery Retreat provides adults with up to two weeks of intensive recovery activities, including self-help support groups, independent living skills, conflict resolution and paths to achieving goals. Living together as a family in a home in a residential neighborhood, participants take responsibility for the program, meals, chores, budget and resolving issues as they come up. Stays range from one to 14 days. The people who work at the house are all people with lived experience of substance abuse, mental health disorders and more.

SOLSTICE HOUSE PEER RUN RESPITE

Website: soarcms.org
Location: Madison, WI
Phone: 608-244-5077
Email: [email protected]rcms.org

Solstice House is a short-term, supportive, home-like residential resource for individuals who are experiencing an increase in mental health and/or substance use symptoms, stressors, or are in need of support and services to aid in their recovery and wellness. Potential guests are individuals who want peer support and to proactively address any challenges they may be experiencing. It is a positive place for healing and growth, which promotes wellness, inspires hope and self-directed recovery. All staff identify as peers with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use and have been successful in their own recovery and are trained in the philosophy of “being with” rather than “trying to fix” people.

STEPPING STONE PEER SUPPORT & CRISIS RESPITE CENTER

Website: www.steppingstonenextstep.org
Location: Claremont, NH
Phone: 603-543-1388 or 1-888-582-0920 (NH toll-free)
Email: [email protected]

Established in 1995, Stepping Stone is an active peer center open 7 hours a day Monday through Saturday with a variety of activities for clients and with two bedrooms for those who choose to stay as respite guests. People who choose to say as guests stay overnight from one to seven days and are welcome to bring their pets. This is an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization, serving individuals with overwhelming feelings including those who feel so badly that they do not want to continue living. Guests are free to come and go. Some continue to go to work and stay overnight at Stepping Stone. Guests bring and cook their own food and can have 24-hour peer support available to them. Stepping Stone Crisis Respite Program creates an opportunity for people to learn from, and be supported in making the transition from crisis to wellness. Within the context of a mutually responsible relationship, and with the help of consumer staff’s experiential knowledge and training, those who sincerely wish to overcome their difficulties can greatly reduce the use of more restrictive hospital settings, including involuntary admissions. All services are free to New Hampshire residents.