Wisconsin's Peer Run Respites are funded by the state's Department of Health Services - Division of Mental Health & Substance Abuse. Iris Place is a program of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Fox Valley, a United Way Fox Cities partner agency that provides education, support, outreach and advocacy programs to people affected by mental illness. 

Iris Place

Iris Place Peer Run Respite is delighted to live and share its mission of providing a home-like, safe, and welcoming environment for people who want and need peer support in order to navigate or avoid a crisis related to mental health and/or substance abuse. The staff of Iris Place (all of whom have lived experience) are proud and excited to be able to offer this new alternative to hospitalization. Iris Place is located in Appleton, Wisconsin (northeast region) and is free to all Wisconsin adult residents. We believe that healing happens in relationships, and that individuals are the experts of their own experiences. We look forward to exploring unique pathways to recovery with our guests!

Grassroots Wellness

Grassroots Wellness Peer Run Respite, located in Menomonie, WI, is one of three respites funded by the State of Wisconsin, open and free to Wisconsin adult residents. We are a program of Grassroots Empowerment Project, a statewide advocacy organization based out of Madison. We welcome guests who are interested in receiving peer support for self-directed healing rather than traditional care and treatment services. Our support team is well-versed in non-traditional, non-clinical healing modalities, including Tai Chi, yoga, creative expression, spiritual practices, intentional nutrition, Emotional CPR, and Alternatives to Suicide and Hearing Voices Network Support groups, among others. Grassroots Wellness is heartily welcomed by the vibrant Menomonie community, and guests frequently express gratitude for their interactions and immersion in the local offerings of this charming, Western Wisconsin town.

Solstice House

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Solstice House is a peer run respite for people with mental health and substance use challenges who need a short break from the stresses of daily life. We support mutual wellness, recovery, empowerment, and hope through peer learning and connection. Solstice House came into being thanks to a fabulous grant provided by the Wisconsin Department of Human Services. Solstice House is entirely peer run which means that all staff have lived experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges and are trained to provide one-on-one and group support. We provide space for up to 3 guests at a time and stays are provided on a first come first serve basis. Services at Solstice House are completely free of charge and include a variety of activities including support groups, art groups, horticultural groups and one-on-one peer support.