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Adult Peer Mentoring Program

NAMI Palm Beach County (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 PBC’s Adult Peer Mentoring Program offers one-one-one mentoring from a NAMI PBC Peer Mentor or Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) who is in sustained recovery from living with a mental health condition. Peer Mentors/CRPSs work with individuals living in Palm Beach County who are experiencing mental health challenges. The program is offered at no cost to the individual served. The Mentor meets with the individual weekly, in the individual’s home or in the community.*

The program focuses on the unique needs of the individual served and can assist with a variety of aspects of living in recovery from a mental health condition. NAMI PBC’s Peer Mentors/CRPSs build empowering peer relationships by offering hope, as well as recovery, support and advocacy resources, from a perspective of having experienced and successfully navigated living with a mental health condition. Peer Mentors/CRPSs assist individuals (peers/mentees) to develop coping, problem solving and decision making skills, life skills, social skills, school and/or work success skills, build natural supports into their lives, participate in community activities, access community resources, advocate on their own behalf and more.

*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.

Program Goals

The goals of this program are to help connect individuals living with a mental health condition (especially those living in isolation and who are often not connected to clinical services and/or a support network) to existing community services, programs and groups, set and meet goals, build natural supports into their lives, and otherwise develop skills and habits that will support their inclusion and recovery. After establishing rapport with the individual, working towards the individual’s personal goals, helping the individual to build natural supports and learn coping skills, the Peer Mentor/Certified Recovery Peer Specialist will strive to connect the individual with NAMI PBC’s peer drop-in programs, peer support groups and peer classes or other community supports. This aims to ensure an individualized and lasting connection to a network of trust and support beyond participation in the Adult Peer Mentoring Program. 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.

Eligibility

NAMI Palm Beach County’s Adult Peer Mentoring Program serves Palm Beach County adults (18 years and older) who have a mental health condition. The individual does not need to have an official diagnosis and a “mental health condition” can be anything from anxiety, depression or ADHD to PTSD, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia — or anything in between. Individuals in this program must be residents of Palm Beach County. Proof of residency will be confirmed when services are opened.

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/Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) to work with the individual and will contact the individual requesting services to schedule an initial meeting to open services. Subsequent weekly meetings will be scheduled by the Peer Mentor/CRPS and individual served.

To make a referral, 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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