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. You can learn more about the definition of a Peer Respite on our dedicated Peer Respite resource www.peerrespite.net.
Peer respites essential features (PREF) 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.
Peer Interviewers in Mental Health Services Research. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education, and Practice, 2016.
Peer Respites: A Research and Practice Agenda. Psychiatric Services, 2015.
Press & Media
Peer Respites for Mental Health Consumers Prevent Hospitalizations | California Health Report
Peer Respite Programs | CA Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions
Contributors and Advisory Group:
Bevin Croft, Research Associate, Human Services Research Institute
Darby Penney, The Community Consortium
Sera Davidow, Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community
Chris Hansen, Intentional Peer Support