9Muses Art Center
|9MUSES ART CENTER - 7139 WEST OAKLAND PARK BLVD. LAUDERHILL, FL 33313|
|PH: 954-746-2055 FAX: 954-746-6373|
Power of Peers (POP) - Linking Peers with Natural Supports upon Discharge from Crisis Stabilization Units
The average length of admittance to a Baker Act receiving facility or crisis unit is between three and five days. There are many circumstances that lead to an individual arriving on a unit, but little time to address environments or relational issues that contribute to admittance. A five-day stay may be appropriate for prescription management or detoxification, but this length of stay becomes problematic when the individual lacks resources to provide an effective transition from the facility back to the community. The facility is able to connect the person served with psychiatrists, licensed counselors and therapists, but many persons served are lacking in fundamental human connection in the community.
Some return to circumstances so difficult to manage that they become overwhelmed and return to a state that calls for duplicated efforts, usually to similar effect. This can quickly become habit for an individual seeking solutions from acute care environments; first because there seems to be little else to do, then because that environment becomes what the individual understands as help.
Sometimes what is necessary for the individual is to find a place where they feel accepted. Making contact with an individual leaving a crisis unit is a powerful way of saying “You are not alone.” The connection, begun in a place of assessment and evaluation and has the potential to become a natural support, a place to develop trust and rapport. Power of Peers engages with folks on the unit independent of clinical staff, but attend treatment team meetings and communicate with staff, always with the consent of the individual being served.
PROSPER (Peers Reaching Out Support Partners for Emotional Recovery)
This recovery initiative for adults with mental illness pairs consumers to peer partners who assist one another as they pursue life skills, social skills and health agendas that support recovery. Social skills and successful community integration are reinforced.
Developed by Mary O'Hagan with Sara McCook Weir as the Principal facilitator and trainer; PeerZone is an evidence based initiative. The results from the pilots and the general evidence can give people confidence that PeerZone is very likely to increase the well-being of participants and reduce their dependence on services. Read more on the PeerZone website.
9Muses has incorporated the Peer Zone © into its program curriculum; It functions as an interactive group with games and break out sessions which center around relevant issues such as: communications skills, problem solving, and self-empowerment. Activities include Zip Zap Zop, a game primarily used for developing acting techniques. 9Muses Rich Aldret, a trained facilitator has found it helpful in joining peers together, learning to work as a group and at the same time build self-awareness.
Katie Leonard, another 9Muses trained facilitator assists members in developing a positive perspective on life and offers proven practices to help peers cultivate pro-active methods for coping with difficult issues.
Peers are enjoying the interactivity and are making progress toward improved mental health and the development of interpersonal skills in an environment that is structured for the purpose of meeting program goals but laid back enough to encourage the exploration of common and uncommon topics.
It is said that we live as long as we are remembered. Gail and Chuck Stambaugh have assured a legacy for their son Seth and an asset for our community through the Seth Line, created in his memory to provide a supportive listener for people facing the challenges of living with behavioral illnesses. Even during periods of hospitalization, Seth was never far from his caring family. With their support and love, the entire family helped Seth to realize strengths that helped him to move into the community. Shortly after Seth’s passing, the Stambaugh’s were introduced to the Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida by community advocate and EPIC honoree Jack Kuhn who sensed that a “match” was possible. How right he was. Gail and Chuck embraced the concept of a warm line to offer the same support that Seth himself enjoyed through family and community friendships. Establishing the warm line was just the first step in the Stambaugh’s efforts. From the line’s inception, they took active roles, pursuing funding, giving generously of themselves, helping to motivate volunteers and serving weekly as Seth Line phone listeners. Gail and Chuck Stambaugh represent family values in the best possible way, not just for their immediate family, but for the extended family that they have adopted and embraced. They are our family and we are proud to celebrate them.
9Muses Art Center provides additional support for members to assist with personal recovery. Staff is available to mentor and offer guidance in individual skill building using evidence based practices such as; WRAP (Wellness and Recovery Action Plan); a popular tool used throughout the mental health community for crisis support.
The Peer Zone is an activity based workshop that promotes cohesion and focus. It challenges the individual to problem solve within a group and enhance emotional well-being.