Alternatives: The Peer Perspective on Respite (4-Part Series)

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Alternatives: The Peer Perspective on Respite (4-Part Series) 

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. 



  • Tuesday, May 16, 2023 (12:00 PM ET) | 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!)


  • Monday, June 26, 2023 (12:00 PM ET) | 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!)


  • Monday, July 24, 2023 (12:00 PM ET) | 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!)


  • Monday, August 7, 2023 (12:00 PM ET) | 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!)
About the Facilitators:

GMHCN facilitatorsThe Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network believes in the ability of everyone living with mental health concerns to enjoy lives of purpose, meaning, productivity, and wellness. Since it was founded in 1991, this grassroots nonprofit organization has been led and run by mental health peers—people in mental health recovery. At its core, the basis of peer support—one person using their lived experience to support another—is not new; in fact, it is the basis of human growth and development. Mental health peers with special training are now able to use their lived recovery experience in clinical settings to provide something beyond a diagnosis or medication.  

Roslind D. Hayes, BS, CPS-MH, CARES, WHWC serves as the Chief of Training and the Statewide Coordinator of the GMHCN's Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Centers. She is a trainer/facilitator for the Certified Peer Specialist Project, Peer Zone, and Intentional Peer Support. 

Chris Johnson, MFA, CPS, CPS-AD is GMHCN's Interim Executive Director.