Register for SMI Adviser’s Webinar on Peer Support
Register for SMI Adviser's free webinar: "Peer Support in Transitioning from Crisis Care: Variations on the NYAPRS Peer Bridger Model" on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET.
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What Will it Cover?
Transitioning from a short-term crisis stay or a longer-term hospitalization for psychiatric problems is a difficult time. In 1994, the New York Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) developed a peer-support program to assist people experiencing long-term or frequent hospitalizations in transitioning back to life in the community.
The program was designed to have peer support workers build positive and trusting relationships with individuals in a hospital setting and then to follow the person back into the community, post discharge, providing support and connections to community resources. The Bridger program has continued to evolve over the years and can now be found around the country, serving people being discharged from hospitals, crisis stays, and emergency departments.
This webinar will examine the core principles of the Bridger model and its use in transitioning levels of care and supporting people in their journeys to recovery.
Who Will Be Presenting?
Patrick Hendry, Vice President of Peer Advocacy, Supports and Services for Mental Health America. He has worked as an advocate and initiator of peer-run services for 27 years in a variety of leadership roles.