A peer respite is a voluntary, short-term, overnight program that provides community-based, non-clinical crisis support to help people find new understanding and ways to move forward. It operates 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. This means that...


Consensus panel on inclusion criteria:

A panel of experts in peer support research, training, advocacy, and program administration developed these specific criteria. This consensus panel examined program structures and policies and considered the tradition and history of the consumer/survivor movement in creating and operating alternatives to traditional mental health services. All of the panel members have experience working in or with peer respites and peer-run organizations in the U.S. 

The panel included:

Special thanks to Keris Myrick of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services for her input.