Peer Bridger Program
Peer support services are delivered by individuals who have common life experiences with the people they are serving. People with mental and/or substance use disorders have a unique capacity to help each other based on a shared affiliation and a deep understanding of this experience. In self-help and mutual support, people offer this support, strength, and hope to their peers, which allows for personal growth, wellness promotion, and recovery. (SAMHSA at http://www.samhsa.gov/recovery/peer-support-social-inclusion)
The Peer Bridger program serves individuals in Erie and Monroe Counties. It is structured to promote personal wellness, help reduce high-end services, and reduce potential barriers so that all persons in recovery can find their “spark of life.
Our Service focus:
Utilizing a person centered approach, Peer Bridgers meet with individuals that are in the recovery process and transitioning to independent living. They provide services in the community, meeting the individual where they are, in their own apartment, instead of having the person come to a building for all their services.
Peer Bridgers link participants to community activities, agencies or services that promote a healthy lifestyle. They help participants complete an interest inventory to support the development of self-identified goals. The program also creates events that promote recovery and independence.
Types of Services and Linkages:
For Further Information
For Monroe County, contact: Michelle Whitbourne, Team Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Erie County, contact: Trina Wasylenko, Team Manager, email@example.com