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Program Name: NAMI Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Course
Agency Name: NAMI
Year the Program was Started: 2003
Address: NAMI Santa Clara County
2010 N First St Suite 530
San Jose, CA 95131
Telephone #: 408-453-0400
Fax #: 408 583 0004
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Recovery Education
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: $10,000-$40,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: None
Paid Part-Time: None
Volunteers: 10-20
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: Some
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: Pre and post questionaire study in progress.
Additional Information: * Peer-to-Peer consists of nine two-hour units and is taught by a team of three trained "mentors" who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness. * Mentors are trained in weekend-long training sessions, supplied with teaching manuals, and are paid a stipend for each course they teach. * Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a "relapse prevention plan" to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.

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