North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

Peer Respite Services: Transforming Crisis to Wellness

There is a rich history spanning several decades for peer-to-peer support—beginning with support groups and evolving into a range of peer support services and peer-run organizations. During this webinar, you will learn about the research that shows that peer respite services can have positive impacts for people in recovery during times of emotional crisis.

In addition, you will hear about innovative, peer-operated alternatives to psychiatric hospitalization including the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network Peer Support and Wellness Center and PEOPLe Inc.’s Rose House. Our speakers will share how peer respite services provide low-cost alternatives to emergency rooms for people in crisis. Offering a comfortable atmosphere, peer respite services welcome individuals to stay up to a week, in many cases, with peers who are trained to provide one-on-one support for handling a crisis. Peer specialists understand the impact of trauma and are trained to connect with people by building mutually respectful and trusting relationships. Several peer-run organizations also offer a “warm line” for 24-hour peer support via phone.
The speakers of the webinar will describe how these services have evolved, as well as share some of the core components of their success including operational functions, such as securing funds and training the workforce.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
This webinar is free and open to everyone, but registration is required.  Please visit the SAMHSA ADS website to register.

Organizer Ruth Montag


Thu, Aug. 4, 2011
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(GMT-0400) US/Eastern