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Funding Approved for Peer Driven Drop-In Support Services

03/29/2017

The Board of County Commissioners, last night, unanimously approved a motion to fund the peer driven support services program in an amount up to $300,000. The county will now solicit requests for proposals to contract these services.

“Peer support services fills a much needed service gap in our current behavioral health care system,” says Katrina Hotrum, behavioral health director. “This program will benefit the individual participant, peer supporter, health care provider community, natural support respite and surrounding community.”

The peer support driven drop-in centers will be a resource for individuals with behavioral health issues. The intent of the peer support driven drop-in centers is to provide a place where the fellow participants support one another and receive services in order to assist each other in maintaining their current level of care in the community. The participants will be encouraged to assist each other in achieving community re-integration, wellness, and meaningful social connections.

The peer support can possibly be delivered in a multitude of ways, including in-person at a drop-in center, by phone or over the internet. Drop-in centers could be located in community centers, libraries, schools, and churches or a free-standing building dedicated to this use.

Funding for the program will come from the behavioral health gross receipts tax.

For more information about the behavioral health initiative, please visit www.bernco.gov/BehavioralHealth.

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