What are peer respites?
Peer respites are voluntary, short-term, overnight programs that provide community-based, non-clinical crisis support to help people find new understanding and ways to move forward. They operate 24 hours per day in a homelike environment. Peer respites are staffed and operated by people with psychiatric histories or who have experienced trauma and/or extreme states.
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Why are there peer respites?
Peer respites were designed as psychiatric hospital diversion programs to support individuals experiencing or at-risk of a psychiatric crisis. The premise behind peer respites is that psychiatric emergency services can be avoided if less coercive or intrusive supports are available in the community.
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How do peer respites work?
Peer respites engage guests in mutual, trusting relationships with peer staff. Peer support involves a process of mutual helping based on the principles of respect and shared responsibility. Peer support includes interactions in which individuals help themselves and others through fostering relationships and engaging in advocacy to empower people to participate in their communities.
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About this Webite
This website was created to have an organized space for information about peer respites in the United States.
- Laysha Ostrow, CEO, Live & Learn, Inc.
- Carina Smith, Research Assistant, Live & Learn, Inc.
- Bevin Croft, Research Associate, Human Services Research Institute
- Darby Penney, The Community Consortium
- Sera Davidow, Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community
- Chris Hansen, Intentional Peer Support
- Sally Zinman, California Association of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations