Peer Respite

 
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Definition          Peer Respite Esentials Survey          Guidebook for Peer Rrespite Self Evaluation     

Definition

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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...

Staff

  • 100% of staff have lived experience of extreme states and/or the behavioral health system

Management

  • All individuals in program/house management positions have lived experience of extreme states and/or the mental health system

  • Job descriptions for program/house management positions require lived experience of extreme states and/or the mental health system

Governance

  • The peer respite is either operated by a peer-run organization OR has an advisory group with 51% or more members having lived experience of extreme states and/or the behavioral health system

Peer-Run Organization

  • A program or organization in which a majority of persons who oversee the organization’s operation and are in positions of control have lived experience of extreme states and/or the mental health system.

  • People with lived experience of extreme states and/or the mental health system constitute a majority of the board or advisory group, and the director and a majority of staff, including volunteers, must identify as people lived experience of extreme states and/or the mental health system.

  • See works cited at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201400080


Peer Respite Essentials Survey

Every two years beginning in 2010, Live & Learn staff and partners have conducted a Peer Respites Essential Features (PREF) survey. All peer respites in the U.S. are invited to participate. Since the first survey in 2010, the number has grown substantially, as reflected in our Peer Respite Directory.

This effort creates nationwide, longitudinal data that documents trends in organizational development and program policy so that communities and states can learn from each other as the number of peer respites grows nationwide. The reports from this survey provide the public information for planning, funding, and sustainability of current and future peer respites.

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See results from the Peer Respite Essential Features Survey:


Guidebook for Peer Respite Self-Evaluation

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This Guidebook for Peer Respite Self-Evaluation: Practical Steps and Toolscan be used to document program operations and outcomes and to build evidence for the efficacy of peer respites. It is intended for use by peer respite program staff, managers, and administrators.