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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 Healthcare District of Palm Beach County.

 

Program Description

NAMI Peer Specialists (PS)/Mentors work with individuals living in Palm Beach County who live in isolation due to a mental health condition. A PS meets with the individual weekly, in their own home, to establish rapport and, gradually, introduce them to community resources. Initially, the PS 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, 18+, 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 NAMI PBC Program Manager will assign a Peer Specialist/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 Specialist/Mentor, Program Manager and, possibly, family members and/or agency/healthcare personnel. Subsequent weekly visits will be scheduled by the Peer Specialist/Mentor during the initial visit.

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

 

Eligibility

NAMI PBC uses Peer Specialists/Mentors to link individuals living with a mental health condition who are living 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 NAMI PBC Peer Specialist/Mentor will strive to connect them with peer drop-in programs and peer support groups, 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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