Peer-Run Respite Webinar Series (free: register now)

I received this via email. Thought I would share it. Included below is a video of part one of this series.

National Empowerment Center’s Peer-Run Respite Webinar Series

Building the Foundation for a Successful Peer-Run Respite: Creating Connections with the Local Community

Wednesday, January 25
1:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern (10:00 – 11:30 AM Pacific)

Peer-Run respites/hospital diversion programs are increasing in numbers and having positive results across the country. Peer-run respites offer an alternative to traditional mental health hospitalization, are operated by peers, and are cost-effective.

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.

Building the Foundation for a Successful Peer-Run Respite is the second in a webinar series on peer-run crisis alternatives sponsored by the National Empowerment Center’s Technical Assistance Center. To watch the archive of the first webinar, So You Want to Start a Peer-Run Respiteclick here.

How to register for this FREE webinar:

Space is limited. Register today right here!

Registration will close on Tuesday, January 24.


Rigel Flaherty
Rigel was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA, and became familiar with the mental health system during a difficult time when she was 20. She started working as a peer counselor in Mental Health Supported Housing in 2003. Rigel became Program Manager for the SAMSHA funded 2nd Story Peer Run Respite House in January 2011.

Alan Green, M.P.A.
Alan is the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Nebraska, Nebraska’s first and only peer-run mental health service provider.  Programming includes the HOPE Program (evidence-based practice supported employment), the Keya House (crisis aversion services), statewide wellness/recovery education and advocacy.  Mr. Green is a member of the NCMHR Steering Committee.

Clint Taylor
Clint Taylor is the Assistant Director of the Peer Support and Wellness Center in Decatur, Georgia. He is on the steering committee of the Community Health Interfaith Partnership, a coalition working to improve the lives of Georgians with mental health diagnoses. He became a certified peer specialist in August, 2008.


This webinar will include a question-and-answer session. We invite you to submit questions at any time during the teleconference.

Training Sponsor

This training and the Technical Assistance Center of the National Empowerment Center are funded by:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services AdministrationCenter for Mental Health Services

End of email announcement.
I’m including a video and post from a while back of part one of this series:

One way to work towards being the change is to create safe alternative spaces to hospitals where people can go during crisis:

This webinar addressed specific issues around starting up, maintaining, and sustaining quality peer-run respites. Panelists provided practical tips and suggestions on advocacy, funding, core values and principles, and staffing issues, among others.

For more info, visit the National Empowerment Center online.

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