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Program Information
Program Name: Silver Spring Drop-In Center
Agency Name: Affiliated Sante Group
Year the Program was Started: 2004
Public Contact Person: Miriam Yarmolinsky
Address: 7961 Eastern Avenue, First Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Telephone #: (301) 589-2303 ext. 108
Fax #: (301) 585-2965
Email Address:,
Website URL:
Program Category: Drop-in Center
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Outpatient psychiatric treatment facility
Annual Program Budget: $40,000-$70,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 1-2
Paid Part-Time: 1-2
Volunteers: 5-10
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? Usually
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Some
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals: 1. To serve a variety of Montgomery County, MD residents who have experienced mental illness, with or without co-occurring disorders. 2. To provide education, support, referral, recreation, and resources on employment, education, academic programs, housing, medication, and therapy models, clinical trials, health insurance and entitlement programs (local, state, and federal), and other resources as members request them; and opportunity to particpate in consumer-related social and advocacy activities. 3. To solicit member particpation in a wide variety of center activities and program functions; to become a separate non-profit consumer-run drop-in center that benefits individuals, their families, and the community-at-large.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Program Mission Statement: To provide a safe space for our members to socialize, develop methods of self-empowerment and advocacy, find mutual support and resources, and form a community.
Additional Information: We provide NAMI C.A.R.E. (Consumers Advocating for Recovery through Empowerment) support groups twice a month ( second and fourth Saturday of the monty, 3 to 4:30 p.m.). We frequently host speakers, such as representatives from Benefits Info Source, NAMI Peer to Peer, NAMI;s "In Our Own Voice", On Our Own of MD's 'Anti-Stigma Project', alternative medicine practitioners, art therapists, Bethesda Beatniks, and others. We also have members speak about our center at community events. We have a cyber cafe and a growing body of resources (benfits, housing, employment, recreation, medication trials, other peer programs, recreation, etc.) We provide volunteers with resume-building references. We also offer outings and parties, and other opportunities to socialize and meet others experiencing similar challenges. We are also planning to begin a GLBT support goup, as well as host classes on cooking, knitting, guitar lessons, and other non-mental illness-specific activities. Also,we don't yet have board members specific to the drop-in center, but we do have a steering committee that is made up of all consumers; as for the board members of the parent agency, I do not know of the current consumer composition. Our plan is to become a separate non-profit agency within the next year, and our upcoming board of directors will be comprised of a majority of consumers.

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