Movie Monday: A Film Presented by The Respite Center

Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 4:07pm


Why have a Peer-Run Respite/Drop-In Center:

The people who work, and who participate in a respite/drop-in center identify as having lived experience that may include extreme emotional or altered states, psychiatric diagnoses, trauma histories, living without a home, navigating the mental health and other public systems, addictions and more. They have come together because they believe that the wisdom they have gained from their lived experience is invaluable and sharing their story has great potential to create connection and support for others on their own journeys.

Sometimes the “50 minute session” is not enough. A respite is a safe space, where someone in extreme emotional states can come and stay for 1-7 days, with trained peers, who are there to provide 1:1 support 24/7.

This is a less traumatic and less expensive alternative to hospitalization or incarceration. Average cost of psychiatric hospitalization for one week is $5,707 (Psychiatr Serv. 2012 Jul;63(7):666-71. Average cost of stay in Peer Run Respite for one week is $434 (Directory of Peer-Run Respite Services, National Empowerment Center).

In addition to a safe space,with support in a time of crisis, a Drop-In Center can be safe space to teach or take a class, in yoga, meditation, how to apply for a job, arts or crafts. It is a safe space for groups to meet, to socialize, and to normalize this frightening experience.

Respite Centers throughout the country have demonstrated cost effectiveness when compared to hospitalization. For example, the State of Georgia funded four respite centers in the Atlanta area after a pilot project was so effective in reducing hospitalizations and costs. Currently there are only 14 Peer-Run Respite Centers in the USA.

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated