The Mental Health Peer Support Project was designed to increase the role of members with mental health disabilities by empowering these individuals to take charge of their own support groups and to increase their own employability.
This project incorporates several of the most important elements of the vocational rehabilitation process by providing real work for real pay in a community setting, and transitional employment.
The Peer Support Program trains members to be paraprofessionals by offering them a network of support that allows them to experience and develop their working skills. The project provides the following supports:
- An eight-week training period in crisis intervention, setting boundaries between counselor and consumer, Social Security benefits, case management, community resources, advocacy, housing issues, goal setting, and statistical reporting.
- A ten-week internship after training that places the participants in various mental health agencies throughout the WCIL’s service area.
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