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Now Available! New Resources on Peer Respites

11/2014

Now Available! New Resources on Peer Respites Peer respites are emerging as an alternative to medical interventions for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing a mental health crisis. Staffed and operated by individuals with lived experience of the mental health system, peer respite programs offer voluntary, short-term residential stays with a focus on building connections and mutual, trusting relationships to help people navigate their way through crisis. Bevin Croft, an HSRI research associate, and Laysha Ostrow, formerly of HSRI and now president and CEO of Live & Learn, have researched these programs and developed two new resources:

Peer Respites Characteristics– Summarizes the results of a recent survey of peer respite programs in the United States.

Peer Respites Toolkit– Intended to assist peer respite stakeholders through the process of documenting program operations and outcomes, this toolkit includes recommendations on evaluation and data monitoring techniques. It also includes a number of instruments and tools, including survey instruments and outcome measures, used by peer respites today.

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