Since 2012, when we conducted the first national survey of peer respites, the number of peer respite programs has more than doubled! You can read our 2014 Peer Respites Survey results here. As these programs continue to grow and evolve, and as others look to establish new programs, up-to-date information-sharing is essential. We created PeerRespite.net for this purpose. It provides:
- A Directory of peer respites
- A compilation of Research studies
- Resources to start and sustain peer respites
- And information on staff Training.
You can also request free technical assistance from Laysha Ostrow and Bevin Croft—researchers at the forefront of peer respite evaluation—on creating an evaluation or data collection plan.
Our goal with PeerRespite.net is to help support local efforts to open new peer respites and establish sustainable funding for current programs, and ultimately ensure that there are trauma-informed, person-centered alternatives to traditional crisis services for people experiencing extreme distress.
If you currently direct or manage a peer respite in the United States, please visit PeerRespite.net to take the 2015 Peer Respite Essential Features (PREF) Survey. Your participation will allow us to continue to understand important characteristics of peer respites—including financing, governance, staffing, and policy and procedure. Your responses will contribute information for planning, funding, and sustainability of current and future peer respites. (If you have questions, please contact Laysha at Laysha@LiveLearnInc.net or 617-999-4207.)
Thank you, and we look forward to your input!