Peer run respites are for individuals living with mental health or substance use concerns. These places offer a supportive, home-like environment during times of increased stress or symptoms. Stays are short-term, typically no longer than one week.
Peer run respites are managed and staffed by individuals living with mental health or substance use concerns who themselves have been successful in recovery. They are trained to listen and provide one-on-one and group supports that promote personal growth. Medical services such as medication management and therapy are not offered. Guests share their recovery goals, which may include connecting with community resources, engaging in wellness activities like art or exercise, or finding a safe space for healing.
Peer run respite services 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, over the phone, or both. Peer run respites are not drop-in centers. Prospective guests must contact staff themselves prior to their stay. Providers may encourage clients to contact a peer run respite, but can't initiate a stay for an individual. 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.