Participation Station has provided the venue to create a safe environment where individuals with SMI can learn and develop vital skills to enhance their recovery experience and provide an empowering spring-board for opportunities to return to a productive, healthy and meaningful life. Examples of goals of our Participants include getting a job, improving their relationship with their family, learning how to deal with stress, learning more about their diagnosis, buying a car, etc. They are typically goals that everyone else has in their lives. Our Peer Specialists help them work toward these goals.

Participants have obtained their GED, secured gainful employment, improved their physical health conditions and even achieved home ownership. The program operates from a standpoint of encouraging goal-oriented actions, but the goals must be those of the participant. In our data from our Participant Satisfaction survey, The Peer Outcomes Protocol, the vast majority (78%) believed that the goals they had in traditional treatment programs were really the goals of their therapists/physicians.
Our service philosophy is to support individuals unconditionally unless there are safety risks involved. The Adult Peer Support Specialists operate with the belief that anyone can recover from Serious Mental Illness and their actions support this belief.

Participation Station offers a variety of services to individuals to assist in their journey to recovery from Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders.
1. Educational Tracks – these are educational groups offered Mon-Fri (4 each 45 minute groups daily).
2. Support Groups – offered weekly including Emotions Anonymous, NAMI Connections and Double Trouble in Recovery for individuals with co-occuring mental health and substance abuse issues.
These are evidence based support groups and are well attended.
3. The Warmline – a telephonic support line, which offers peer support to individuals who may be isolated or fearful of leaving their home. Numerous reports from individuals utilizing this service indicate that it is their LIFELINE to support.
4. System Navigation – Our System Navigator helps individuals with whatever issues are interfering with their recovery. They help people with food, housing, education/GED, mental & physical health issues, legal issues, addiction support, etc. We currently have one System Navigator on staff and hope to expand this service. With this expansion, we hope to increase our services to individuals at the Fayette County Detention Center for inmates with mental health/substance abuse issues. Our current System Navigator visits the jail at least one day per week.
All of these services along with the social components of the program significantly assist individuals with serious mental illness to recover and become productive involved citizens in our community.

Evidence Based Practice
SAMHSA states: “Research has shown that peer support facilitates recovery and reduces health care costs. Peers also provide assistance that promotes a sense of belonging within the community. The ability to contribute to and enjoy one’s community is key to recovery and well-being. Another critical component that peers provide is the development of self-efficacy through role modeling and assisting peers with ongoing recovery through mastery of experiences and finding meaning, purpose, and social connections in their lives.” In a letter from the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services they stated: “Peer support services are an evidence-based mental health model of care which consists of a qualified peer support provider who assists individuals with their recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders. CMS recognizes that the experiences of peer support providers, as consumers of mental health and substance use services, can be an important component in a State’s delivery of effective treatment.” In addition, Participation Station utilizes the SAMHSA toolkit for Consumer Operated Services to assure that the array of services offered are all evidence based practices. The Fidelity Assessment Common Ingredients Tool (FACIT) is administered annually to assure fidelity with the Peer Support Evidence-Based Practice model.Participation Station

869 Sparta Court Lexington, KY 40504
Phone:  (859) 309-2856


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