NAMI REACH Program
NAMI PBC offers a peer support 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 and Ballen Isles Charities Foundation.
NAMI Peer Support Specialists (PSS) work with individuals living in the community who live in isolation due to a mental health condition. A PSS will meet with the individual weekly, in their own home, to establish rapport and, gradually, introduce them to community resources. Initially the PSS will go will go with the individual to programs and services, helping them to make connections and gain a comfort level with other individuals who attend.
The goals of this program are to help connect individuals living in isolation with mental illness to existing community services, set and meet functional life goals, and otherwise develop skills and habits that will support their inclusion and recovery.
Who does the program serve?
Individuals living 18+ in the community who live in isolation due to a mental health condition.
Individuals, family members, or agency/healthcare personnel may refer to this service by calling NAMI PBC and requesting Peer Support Services. The caller will provide information to the NAMI PBC Program Coordinator. Alternatively, information may be provided directly by a call to the individual in need of services. A NAMI PBC assigned PSS will contact the individual requiring services to schedule an initial visit. Subsequent weekly visits will be scheduled during the initial visit. To make a referral please call: (561) 323-2770.
NAMI PBC will use PSSs to link individuals living with mental illness who are living in isolated situations in the community, often not connected to clinical services and/or a support network, to existing services, programs, and groups. After establishing rapport with the individual, the NAMI PSS will initially 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 support groups and educational programs.