NAMI Lexington co-sponsors Participation Station (PS) – a Peer Operated Support Center providing education, outreach and support, and advocacy training to individuals in recovery with a serious mental illness. The model of meeting people where they are and providing peer support in a non-judgmental atmosphere is working miracles with the program participants. Through a focused approach on community outreach and provider education, PS continues to grow and serve more individuals.
Participation Station (PS) enjoyed continued growth and success during its first three years as the first peer operated recovery center in Kentucky. PS serves as a community reintegration mechanism for Eastern State Hospital and has successfully decreased the re-admissions rates for at-risk clients by providing crisis intervention, system navigation to identify existing supports and diversion to our participants. PS has adopted the SAMHSA toolkit for Consumer Operated Services and the associated evaluation/outcome tools. The Fidelity Assessment Common Ingredients Tool (FACIT) measures the success of the program and PS is performing at or above national averages when compared to SAMHSA’s national benchmarks scores in all 6 domains for consumer operated services. PS also systematically collects data regarding individual outcomes for participants utilizing the Peer Outcomes Protocol (POP). Outcome data for PS has shown a very high level of satisfaction with the program (over 92%) and identified 2 areas for improvement (supported housing and employment) that could be enhanced greatly with the advent of the structured system navigation program.
Participation Station utilizes seven Kentucky Peer Specialists to provide day to day management of the center and to plan, supervise and implement wellness and recovery-oriented educational “tracks”. Most of the tracks are created and taught by Kentucky Peer Specialists. They are paid a stipend for each track they teach and volunteer an equal amount of time to Participation Station.
Participation Station offers numerous opportunities to learn coping skills through Wellness / Whole health tracks and WRAP (Wellness and Recovery Action Plan) workshops. These tracks are offered Monday and Wednesday starting at Noon.
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Peer-led Emotions Anonymous groups are offered weekly to provide support for individuals suffering with Emotion and Mood Regulation issues, Social Anxiety Disorder and Social Phobia as well as Generalized Anxiety. The group meets each Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. at Participation Station. For a complete listing of our Support Groups Click Here.
The Warm Line, a Peer operated non-emergency phone line sponsored by bluegrass.org. and NAMI Lexington, is primarily staffed by Kentucky Peer Support Specialists and continues as a stand-alone model as the first of its kind in Kentucky. It is provided for anyone who “just needs someone to talk to” and provides not only peer support for the individuals that call but a wonderful opportunity for peers to hone their communication and support skills. It is not unusual to get calls from around the country as there is toll free access. Click Here for more
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