Peer Run Respites are for individuals living with mental health or substance use concerns. These places offer a safe, supportive environment during times of increased stress or symptoms. Stays are short-term, typically one to five days.
Peer Run Respites are a key part of Wisconsin’s effort to improve community-based mental health services.
Managed and staffed by individuals living with mental health or substance use concerns who themselves have been successful in recovery, Peer Run Respites are positive places for personal growth. Guests share their recovery goals, which may include connecting with resources, engaging in wellness activities like art or exercise, or finding a safe space for healing. Staff and guests are equals, each have something to offer, creating relationships that are mutually supportive.
The peer support and the non-medical services offered at a peer run respite are designed to aid in the individual's recovery and avert crises and avoid hospitalizations. In other words, for some people, the peer support offered at a peer run respite can make treatment in the community possible.
Three locations open to adults statewide
Peer Run Respites are open to all adults in emotional distress no matter where they live in Wisconsin. Individuals self-refer. Together, the prospective guest and staff at the peer run respite determine whether the environment suits the individual's needs. Typically, this is done through an interview completed either in-person or over-the-phone or both. Peer Run Respites are not drop-in centers. Prospective guests must contact staff prior to their stay. All services are voluntary and provided at no cost to the guest.
Wisconsin's Peer Run Respites are operated by non-profit organizations with support from the Department of Health Services. Please contact the peer run respites listed below for specific information about their programs and services.
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For more information
The Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services oversees the Peer Run Respite Program for the Department of Health Services. Please call 608-266-2717 with general questions or concerns.