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Program Name: Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS)
Year the Program was Started: 2001
Public Contact Person: Khatera Aslami
Address: 333 Hegenberger Road
Suite 250
Oakland, CA 94621
Telephone #: 510-832-7337
Email Address: info@peersnet.org
Website URL: www.peersnet.org
Program Category: Community Education, Peer Support, Recovery Education
Target Participants:
Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: Over $400,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 3-5
Paid Part-Time: 3-5
Volunteers: 3-5
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Majority
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Website
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals: Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services, PEERS, is a consumer run, non-profit organization that advocates for mental health consumers on every level of the mental health system. What do we do? * We are the Alameda County authority on Mary Ellen Copeland's wellness / recovery model * Facilitate six weekly Wellness Recovery Action Planning Groups * Offer Wellness Recover Action Planning Orientation Trainings * Administrate a client scholarship program to send 60 members of the Pool of Consumer Champions to the annual CASRA conference * Send consumers to the national Alternatives Conference * Organize consumer participation in Telling Our Stories trainings * Sponsor and help organize client conferences in the county such as the October 2007 Breaking the Ties That Bind, Challenging Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination Conference and the 2-day June 2009 Northern California Spirituality and Mental Health Conference. * Advocate for social inclusion throughout the county
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Program Mission Statement: PEERS is a consumer run, non profit organization that advocates for mental health consumers on every level of the mental health system. Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS) was incorporated in December 2001, by a group of mental health peers who realized the importance of partnership building when dealing with issues of mental health care and wellness. OUR VALUES: * Hope: We believe there is hope and that Recovery is real and possible for everyone who experiences mental health challenges. * Social Inclusion: A barrier-free community is one free from discrimination and stigma, where all individuals are included in our community and treated as equals with dignity, compassion, mutual respect and unconditional high regard. Through community involvement and on-going personal contact, we can make a positive impact on people�s hearts and minds about mental health challenges. * Self Determination: Self-determination is essential for recovery to occur. We need to be in control of our own lives and have voluntary choices and options in our community. We define our own life goals and design a unique path toward those goals. * Cultural and linguistic inclusiveness: We embrace the richness of our County�s cultural and linguistic diversity and strive to effectively outreach to and engage historically unserved/underserved/inappropriately served populations. * Empowerment: We believe in increasing the spiritual, political, social and economic strengths of individuals in recovery. This involves developing confidence in our own capacities. * Personal responsibility: We take personal responsibility for our own self-development, self-care and journey of recovery. Through actively engaging in our well-being, we increase our personal strengths. * Strengths-Based: We focus on valuing and building on the multiple capacities, resiliencies, talents, abilities, and uniqueness of individuals. By building on these strengths, we leave the �I can�t� mentality behind and engage in new life roles (e.g., partner, caregiver, friend, student, employee). * Peer Support: We provide mutual support�including the sharing of experiential knowledge and skills and social learning. We encourage and engage other consumers and family members in recovery and provide each other with a sense of belonging, supportive relationships, valued roles, and community. * Collaboration: We collaborate with consumers, their families, mental health providers and the community as a whole to transform the mental health system to a wellness, recovery and resiliency model. * Lived experience: We know each person is an expert on him or herself and we know from our full range of lived experiences what works because WE ARE THE EVIDENCE!

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