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NAMI Adult Peer Mentoring Program

NAMI PBC offers a peer support/mentoring program for adults living with mental health conditions. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.

Program Description

NAMI Peer Mentors work with individuals living in Palm Beach County who live in isolation due to a mental health condition. A Mentor meets with the individual weekly, in their own home, to establish rapport and, gradually, introduce them to community resources. Initially, the Mentor goes with the individual to programs and services, helping them to make connections and gain a comfort level with other individuals who attend.

Program Goals

The goals of this program are to help connect individuals living in isolation with a mental health condition to existing community services, set and meet functional life goals, build natural supports into their lives, and otherwise develop skills and habits that will support their inclusion and recovery.

Who does the program serve?

Individuals (ages 18 and older) living in Palm Beach County who are in isolation due to a mental health condition.

Referrals

Individuals, family members, or agency/healthcare personnel may refer to this service by calling NAMI PBC and requesting Peer Mentoring Services. The caller will provide information to the NAMI PBC Program Manager. The Program Manager will match a Peer Mentor to work with the individual and will contact the individual requiring services to schedule an initial visit. Those present at the initial visit are the individual receiving services, Peer Mentor, Program Manager and, possibly, family members and/or agency/healthcare personnel. Subsequent weekly visits will be scheduled by the Peer Mentor and individual served during the initial visit.

To make a referral, please call the NAMI PBC Program Manager at (561) 323-2770.

Eligibility

NAMI PBC uses Peer Mentors to link individuals living with a mental health condition who are in isolated situations in Palm Beach County and who are often not connected to clinical services and/or a support network, to existing services, programs, and groups. After establishing rapport with the individual and working towards the individual’s personal goals, the Mentor will strive to connect them with peer drop-in programs, peer support groups, and peer classes, working to build a network of trust and support. Ultimately, for those who could benefit, yet are not accessing them, the use of clinical services will be discussed. This is a topic frequently addressed in NAMI PBC support groups and educational programs.

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