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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