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Other Crisis Alternatives

2nd Story Respite House

Website: www.encompasscs.org
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Phone: 831-466-0967

Second Story is a six-bed house which serves as a respite and a voluntary opportunity for individuals to learn to use relationships to move out of old roles and patterns. Staffed by “peers,” (people with lived experience of mood swings, consuming fears, voices, visions, etc.) who have learned to be with some discomfort, the household provides an opportunity to experience what change feels like, and to learn new responses through relationships with each other. With the expectation that everyone is capable and inherently knows what they need, both paid staff and guests create a space for those qualities to surface. Along with creating a home, we share stories to connect and understand each other’s experiences, gently challenging ourselves to listen to the untold story. The hope is not to rebuild a culture of illness, but instead generate some sparkling moments of connection and trust, lessons which will spill over into the future. Those who are drawn to the program develop, with staff, ahead of time, a plan for dealing with feelings and behaviors that in the past have led to inpatient stays. The first contact with staff is the beginning of using different views, working together to figure out what might be different. The summary of this meeting is kept on file until a time comes when a potential guest wants to stay at Second Story. The plan is updated and used as a guide to get good results from the time together at Second Story.

Second Story offers a maximum stay of 13 days in a home environment, and provides guests with opportunities to identify and plan for changes they feel will benefit them once they have returned home. All former guests are offered ongoing telephone support, and are welcome to visit when they need encouragement from their peers and Second Story staff. Program participants also have opportunities to enroll in Intentional Peer Support training and learn to be of assistance to others.

The start-up has been funded by a 2010 Federal Transformation award and is open to Santa Cruz County Mental Health clients 18 and over, who have housing, and have completed a proactive interview or first contact interview.

Another Way

Website: www.anotherwayvt.org
Location: 125 Barre Street Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: 802-595-2987
Community Center 802-229-0920

Voluntary alternatives to conventional mental health services rooted in community, advocacy, and empowerment. Another Way is a Community Center in Montpelier, Vermont. We provide voluntary alternatives to conventional mental health services. We offer a variety of supports and provide resources for people to lead vibrant lives as valued members of an encouraging, inspiring community.

American Association of Suicidology

The American Association of Suicidology includes suicide attempt survivors in their leadership and has information on support groups, many of which are led by attempt survivors themselves.

Website: http://attemptsurvivors.com

American Association of Suicidology Best Practice

Part Two: Further Discussion about Developing more Comprehensive Guidelines for Lethality Assessment by Jim Probert, Ph.D. (PDF, 90KB, 14 pages)

Back to School

Toolkits to Support the Full Inclusion of Students with Early Psychosis in Higher Education (PDF, 92 pages)

How the Better Days Approach Can Help in a Crisis

This webinar will explore how the Better Days approach developed by Craig Lewis can help in crisis situations. Better Days means honoring that you are the expert on you! A crisis is when factors contribute to a situation that for any number of reasons results in a psychic lack of control. Often, these factors are in the form of a metaphorical minefield while we live, work, and love in blissful unawareness. When reality hits, and madness invades you so quickly that you lose yourself; you must do all you can to move forward on your life journey and live life to its fullest.

Presenter: Craig Lewis

Craig Lewis is an Expert by Experience, a Psychiatric Survivor, the author of Better Days – A Mental Health Recovery Workbook, a life long punk rocker, a fearless activist, a workshop trainer, and international speaker. Craig has survived a lifetime of struggle and has chosen to not allow his suffering to be wasted. Craig shares his experiences, knowledge, and lessons learned, in hopes of supporting others in living happier, healthier, and more satisfying lives. This is a ongoing journey and Craig, like all of us, is a work in progress. Craig Lewis’ website –www.betterdaysrecovery.com

Emotional CPR Webinar – An Introduction to Assisting Others Through Emotional Crisis

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation (3.98MB)
PowerPoint presentation as a PDF (841KB, 36 pages)
Click here to listen to or download an audio file of the webinar (82.3MB)

Legacy Treatment Services Wellness Respite Service

Legacy Treatment Services Wellness Respite Service (WRS) is a crisis diversion resource located in Ocean County. 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.

Ocean County Wellness Respite Services Phone Line: 848-221-3022

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

Living Room Model

This article describes the Living Room model and tells the story of a suicide attempt survivor and the need for more spaces where people can get emotional and peer support. Click here for the article.

Open Dialogue

For more information, updates and training opportunities regarding the development of Open Dialogue in the United States, please go to: http://www.dialogicpractice.net

Open Dialogue: Increasing Resources in Severe Crises by Jaakko Seikkula (PDF, 289KB, 27 pages)

Click here to order Daniel Mackler’s documentary film on Open Dialogue.

Parachute NYC

Website: www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/mental/parachute.shtml

Parachute NYC is an innovative project that provides options for people experiencing a psychiatric crisis, i.e. emotional/mental health issues that make it difficult to manage without help. Instead of going to a hospital, Parachute NYC offers rapid access (within 24 hours) to home-based treatment and crisis respite centers where people can stay in a calm, supportive environment, staffed by trained peers. Click here for more information about this innovative NYC project.

Safe Harbor

Website: www.community-alliance.org/www/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=140&Itemid=134
Location: 415 South 25th Avenue, Annex Building, Omaha, NE 68131
Phone: 402-884-9044
Warmline: 402-715-4226
Funded by Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare and the Nebraska Division of Behavioral Health
Contact: Ken Timmerman

Safe Harbor offers assistance to adults with mental illness who are experiencing a crisis in their lives that is causing significant stress, yet does not require immediate psychiatric care or hospitalization. With the support that is provided by Safe Harbor Peer Specialists – people who themselves have experienced a mental illness and are in recovery – a hospital stay may be able to be avoided.



Website: www.soteria-alaska.com

Soteria-Alaska was established to provide an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization under the principles established by the beloved, late Dr. Loren Mosher in his Soteria-House project. The small, community based facility has 2 staff and rooms for up to 10 guests. LENGTH OF STAY: sufficient time for relationships to develop that allow precipitating events to be acknowledged, usually disavowed, painful emotions to be experienced and expressed and put into perspective by fitting them into the continuity of a person’s life.

Relationships are central to the program’s work

  1. Facilitated by staff being ideologically uncommitted ( i.e. to approach psychosis with an open mind)
  2. Convey positive expectations of recovery
  3. Validate the psychotic person’s subjective experience of psychosis as real by developing an understanding of it by “being with” and “doing with” the clients
  4. No psychiatric jargon is used in interactions with these clients.

Soteria Internationally

For more information on the latest developments of the Soteria Network internationally, check out: http://www.soterianetwork.org.uk


Soteria-Vermont Development Report by Pathways Vermont (PDF, 1.1MB, 69 pages)

The Wellness Co-op

Website: www.thewellnesscoop.org
Location: Burlington, Vermont
Phone: 888-492-8218 x 300
Contact: [email protected]

The Wellness Co-op is a peer-run community center that has free community based activities, events, and support/discussion circles. Our focus is promoting emotional and mental health and wellness, including employment supports. We have regular drop in hours, free Wi-fi, a lending library and are open to the public.

Additional Studies of Alternatives to Hospitalization