Peer Support

The Peer Support Program is a person centered, recovery oriented and trauma informed service whose purpose is to provide a supportive environment to individuals in recovery from mental illness.  Peer support is mutual, including the sharing of knowledge, skills, and social learning valuable to recovery. Consumers usually participate in the Peer Support Services Program for a period of 6 to 24 months.

Peer support plays a valuable role in recovery. This belief allows consumers to encourage and engage other consumers in recovery and provide each other with a sense of belonging, supportive relationships, valued roles, and community. By definition, the recovery process must be self-directed by the individual, who defines his or her own life goals and designs a unique path toward those goals.

The individual will receive resources, information and assistance related to:

  • Promoting recovery
  • Promoting meaningful community participation
  • Resolving crises and promote stabilization
  • Promoting successful transition and tenure in the community
  • Preventing future need for higher levels of care
  • Allow consumers to lead, control, exercise choice over, and determine their own path of recovery by optimizing independence and control of resources to achieve a self-determined life

WCHR's Peer Support program is funded through the Nebraska Division of Behavioral Health and Nebraska Medicaid. Consumers are not charged for this program. If a consumer has Medicaid, their insurance will be billed for the service. If a consumer does not have insurance, there is no fee for the service.

This program is designed to provide services to individuals who are diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness. To be admitted to the Peer Services Program, an individual must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Be at least 19 years of age.
  2. Have received or are currently in behavioral health services within the last 6 months
  3. Be a resident of Region I in Nebraska.
  4. Do not require a higher level of service
  5. Has the ability to sustain community living with minimal support
  6. Is medically and psychiatrically stable

Services are provided for the consumer in the consumers' home or place of choice. Normal work hours are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. A Peer Support worker can be contacted during the evening and/or weekends only in the case of an emergency. The crisis line number is given to all Peer consumers. For the purposes of this program, an emergency occurs when a consumer thinks that he/she may be about to hurt him/herself or someone else

Any individual can refer themselves or refer another person. The Director of Human Services contacts all individuals referred within two business days of receiving the referral.

Services are provided in Dawes, Sheridan, Sioux and Box Butte Counties. Please call Western Community Health Resources at 308.747.2747 or 800.747.1231.