Alternatives: The Peer Perspective on Respite

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Join us for this 4-part series as we take a look at mental health respite care from the peer perspective, including discussions on its history and future direction, when and how it is being used (both in the Southeast and nationally), and the ways it can benefit one's recovery journey. 

  • From Then to Now - History of Peer Movement and the Call for Alternatives: This webinar will include an introduction of the Consumer/Survivor/Ex-Patient Movement, with a case study example from Georgia (i.e., the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement). Presenters will explain historical perspectives on peer-run alternatives and discuss what makes a service recovery-oriented.  (Click here to view the on-demand recording!)
  • We Didn't Invent the Wheel: Peer Support as an Evolutionary Necessity: In this webinar our presenters discuss how the peer support/respite model is not new but builds on models as recent as the early 20th century self-help groups. Different respite models and their unique benefits and challenges will be explored. (Click here to view the on-demand recording!)
  • Peer Perspective - Respite around the Country: In this webinar leaders of respite centers across the country will share their lived experience operating their centers. Speakers will discuss how respite standards have emerged and how different elements can impact the ability of respite to open or remain open, including politics, NIMBYism, economic fluctuations, state and national leadership changes, and even the weather. (Click here to view the on-demand recording!)
  • What is Next? In our final session thought leaders in behavioral health and respite discuss and answer questions about the future of peer-led peer-run alternatives to the traditional clinical hierarchical model as well as discuss how "peer-washing" traditional services to give them a recovery sheen is impacting peer support and respite models. Our presenters will also forecast what they believe will (or should) come next for the mental health recovery community.(Click here to view the on-demand recording!)
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