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Program Information
Program Name: Peer-to-Peer
Agency Name: National Alliance on Mental Illness
Year the Program was Started: 2005
Public Contact Person: Ron Rzetkowski
Address: NAMI Charleston Area
303 Monarch Court
Charleston, SC 29414
Telephone #: (843) 571-1832
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Peer Support, Recovery Education
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
General hospital or healthcare facility
Annual Program Budget: Under $10,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: None
Paid Part-Time: None
Volunteers: 3-5
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: All
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: Promote recovery to persons with serious mental illness that are interested in establishing and maintaining wellness.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: Currently being assessed by University of Maryland for efficacy
Additional Information: Courses are taught by teams of three trained mentors or peer-teachers, who are themselves experienced at living well with mental illness. This is a nine week - two hours a week course on the topic of recovery. It combines a combination of lecture, interactive exercises and structured group experience. The diversity of experience among course participants affords for a lively dynamic that moves the course along. The Course is designed to offer an opportunity for growth to any individual who experiences mental illness.

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