Manuals with Guidance on Starting and Sustaining a Peer Respite
firstname.lastname@example.org is a list of people working in peer run respites, trying to start peer run respite and allies. You can sign up at www.warmline.org or email Howard Trachtman email@example.com to be added to the group.
The National Peer Respite Leader Network is a network of peer respite directors and leaders from across the country. We have an active Google Group and meet quarterly through GoToMeeting to provide training, support, and networking opportunities for peer respite leaders who have either established peer respites or are working to do so. For more information or to sign up for the Google Group please email Oryx Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the National Empowerment Center webpage- power2u.org/crisis-alternatives/.
Videos of Peer Respites Houses
Testimonials from staff and guests advocating to save the program: 2nd Story.
Host, Dr. Don Baham, interviews advocate for an expansion of means for providing healthcare to include Peer-run Respite Care. He argues that such care given by people who have been in the system as care receivers themselves are more likely to connect successfully with current care receivers.
We recommend you use this short film to educate yourself and others about the values and best practices of peer respites.
Enjoy an introduction to this crisis respite program, operated in Santa Cruz, CA
Rose House Peer-Run Hospital Diversion Program - Tour and Introduction
Video on Alyssum crisis respite in Vermont.
Webinars and Presentations on Peer Respites
Based on the experience of Rose House, the work of PEOPLe, Inc., and the support of Optum Health, a new manual is now available for people interested in starting peer-run hospital diversion services. Steve Miccio, author of this manual, presents the key concepts.
The presenters will discuss their first-hand experience with building connections with the community while opening and running a peer-run respite, including how to: lay the groundwork, educate the community, and establish relationships; address common community misconceptions and avoid the "Not in My Backyard (NIMBY)" phenomenon; and maintain positive connections in the local community while operating a peer-run respite.
The purpose of this webinar was to address specific issues around starting up, maintaining, and sustaining quality peer-run respites. Topics covered included practical tips and suggestions on advocacy, funding, core values and principles, and staffing issues, among others.