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Youth Peer Mentoring Program

NAMI PBC’s Youth Peer Mentoring Program encourages independence by providing education, support and assistance to enable youth (ages 12 to 18th birthday) with a mental health condition to meet their full potential.

Peer Mentors/Certified Recovery Peer Specialists (CRPSs) are an important part of our team, adding a layer that is crucial to the success of both the individual served and their family. A Peer Mentor/CRPS will be assigned to work one-on-one with the individual during weekly visits in the home or community.* The Peer Mentor/CRPS will work with the individual to develop goals designed around their needs and their vision for their future.

The NAMI PBC Youth Peer Mentoring Program is offered free of charge to youth (ages 12 to 18th birthday) living in Palm Beach County who are receiving Care Coordination services from Boys Town South Florida.

*Peer mentoring services are being delivered remotely during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of individuals served, as well as the safety of our staff, until further notice.

What will my daughter/son learn?                                                    

  • Independent living, social and coping skills
  • Identifying and building on personal strengths
  • Learning to budget and manage finances
  • Developing strategies to minimize challenges
  • Identifying skills, interests and qualifications
  • Educational and vocational skills
  • Accessing community resources and community participation skills
  • Recreational skills
  • Accessing appropriate social groups
  • Identifying and building into their life natural supports
  • Creating a community network of support
  • Crisis planning

Referrals

Referrals to this program are made by staff of Boys Town South Florida for eligible individuals. Boys Town will provide a Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative (CBHC) Referral and Pre-Authorization Form to the NAMI PBC Program Manager. The Program Manager will match a Peer Mentor/CRPS to work with the individual and will contact the parent/guardian of the individual requiring services to schedule an initial meeting. Those present at the initial meeting are the individual receiving services, parent/guardian, Peer Mentor/CRPS, Program Manager and Boys Town Care Coordination Consultant. Subsequent weekly visits will be scheduled by the Peer Mentor/CRPS and family during the initial visit.

For more information, please call NAMI PBC Program Manager Jessica Winter at (561) 323-2770.**

**Phone while working remotely due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic: (802) 230-7679.

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