The Peer Support program is intended to enhance the quality of services provided by South Central Behavioral Services. Peer Support workers provide appropriate levels of support to individuals over the course of transitioning between the various stages of recovery; particularly helping individuals to avoid “falling through the cracks” of the behavioral health care system.
Peer Support Workers (PSW) provide informal support to those in services, share their personal experiences, provide guidance, and engage in mutually supportive relationships. They bring ‘cultural competence’ to SCBS by decreasing stigma and improving SCBS’ existing culture of acceptance. Peer Support workers work one-on-one with specific consumers as the needs are identified, lead classes and/or activities and attend treatment such as Adult IOP to be available to participants.
Counseling and brief case management services are available on site at the Buffalo County and Adams County Jail facilities. Other county jails, with video conferencing capability, may also receive these services through the probation offices.
Buffalo County Jail
Behavioral Health Outreach Program – Provides a counselor at the jail for mental health/substance use screening and referral. This may include risk assessments, crisis intervention and connection to resources. Cooperation with the jail staff and County Attorney’s office is ongoing to identify behavioral health needs.
Adams County Jail
Emergency Community Support – Provides assistance and support for inmates at the jail through assessment and referral; such as: case management for transition back to community, connection to resources for medications, risk assessments and additional services as needed.
Peer Support – Provides one on one support for connection to an advocate who has life experience.
Remote access through probation office
Inmates referred to Jail Services by probation may be able to access the Jail Services through probation’s video conferencing network.