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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2014

CONTACT: Jennifer Miller, (608) 266-1683

GRANTS AWARDED TO CREATE
PEER-RUN RESPITE CENTERS IN WISCONSIN

Unique program offers support from peers to people with mental health and substance abuse issues

MADISON—Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary Kitty Rhoades today announced that three non-profit organizations have received grants totaling $441,666 each to begin community-based mental health and substance abuse services known as Peer-Run Respite Centers.

The grantees are:

  • Grassroots Empowerment Project in Western Wisconsin
  • NAMI Fox Valley in Appleton
  • SOAR Case Management Services, Inc., in Madison

“No one knows what a person with a mental illness or an addiction is going through unless they have been there themselves, and that’s the very definition of a Peer-Run Respite Center,” Secretary Rhoades stated. “The centers are designed to promote self-directed recovery, with the goal of preventing crises and reducing hospitalizations.”

At Peer-Run Respite Centers, services are delivered in a safe, stable, home-like environment by people who themselves have been successful in the recovery process. The services are community based, residential settings with a small number of beds available for people before or during a crisis situation, or for those who are having difficulty coping with mental illness. The centers will provide resources and links to community supports and services to help consumers achieve recovery. Services are provided at no cost to the consumer.

As part of his package of mental health initiatives, Governor Scott Walker approved $1.3 million in the 2013-2015 biennial budget to develop and operate Peer-Run Respite Centers. Another $125,000 was approved for the program in separate legislation this year. Funds go toward creating the programs and for hiring one full time person at DHS to oversee them.

For more information about Peer-Run Respite Centers, visit: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/peer-run-respite/index.htm

 

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