Peer Services

The path to recovery can be long and winding. It often helps to have someone who has traveled the same road to point out bumps and twists along the way. Peer specialists provide this service for people recovering from mental illness or addiction.

A peer support specialist can help with the empathy and compassion that comes from experience. People with mental health challenges often feel isolated, but peer support makes the journey less lonely. And studies show that peer services support recovery and resiliency.

Peer Services include:

  •        One on one mentoring
  •        Crisis intervention
  •        Support groups
  •        Peer centers
  •        Many other supports

RACSB uses peer specialists in many programs, including:

  •        The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness and Recovery
  •        Program for Assertive Community Treatment
  •        Crisis Assessment Center
  •        Kenmore Club
  •        Crisis Intervention Training

After walking down the path for a while, you might feel ready to help others navigate the twists and turns. Individuals who have been in recovery for six months or longer and who want to help others can receive training to become Peer Recovery Specialists. For details, drop by a Peer Recovery Support Network meeting, held at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Kenmore Club. You could also call Amy Jindra at Kenmore Club, 540-373-7737 or Tracy Ringquist at Recovery In Motion at 540-645-6042. Find more details about the process at dbhds.virginia.org.

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Emergency Services are still available. Please call 540-373-6876 if you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis.

Due to the current State of Emergency, and in accordance with recommendation to limit in-person gatherings to 10 or less, our May Board of Directors meeting will be held virtually at 5 p.m. on May 19. Public comment may be submitted up until 4:00 pm on May 19th by emailing  publicinformation@rappahannockareacsb.org.  Public comments that include the full name and address of the commenter will be read into the record during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.  The meeting will be Livestreamed on Rappahannock Area Community Services Board’s Facebook page on May 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

We encourage our community to stay home (whenever possible) and stay safe throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. We now offer most of our outpatient, early intervention, and case management services via telemedicine so you can receive the support you need from the safety of your home.

Our committee and board meetings and facilities tour for April have been canceled. Our day support programs are suspended temporarily.

Our popular plant sale is continuing but with some changes to ensure everyone's safety. Please order ahead and your plants will be waiting for you when you drive up.

At this time, we are suspending recruitment for most positions. See our employment portal for more information.

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