Promoting peer staff for crisis respite and residential services

AAS Conference, April 29th 2017, 1:30 PM

Authors: Covington, Scarpati

 Summary Authors (Twitter)
Two approaches to crisis residential services

  1. “Living Room” Model
    1. support someone to get stable and then return to being an active community member
    2. welcoming and accepting environment, which conveys hope, empowerment, choice, and higher purpose
    3. person in crisis is treated as a ‘guest’ in a home-like environment that evokes safety and privacy
    4. works with a team of “crisis competent” professionals, including peers with lived experience
    5. includes risk assessment, treatment planning
    6. peer counselors help guests through crisis and coping
    7. some sites have direct collaboration with law enforcement teams
    8. transfer to more intensive levels of care only if necessary
  2. Peer-Operated Respite
    1. provide restful, voluntary sanctuary for people in crisis
    2. As of 2013 there were only 13 in the US, with 12 others in planning
    3. Rose House in NY showed costs of peer respite stays were 30% the cost of inpatient care
    4. Ideal would be one respite alternative in every crisis care system
David Covington
(@davidwcovington)
Frank Scarpati

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