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.
“Double Trouble in Recovery” is a peer-run support group that focuses on individuals who are faced with mental health issues and substance use issues. It meets from 3:15 to 4:15 on Monday afternoons at Opportunity House. Facilitators can provide transportation if needed.
Dual Recovery Group
Dual Recovery Group is a co-educational therapy group provided to individuals who are currently participants in SCBS services. The group follows the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) model and offers motivation-based, stage-wise treatment. The group is interactive and focuses on relapse prevention and coping skills to help manage symptoms and cravings. Please contact your SCBS provider for more information or call the ACT office for times.
Emergency Community Support (ERCS)
ERCS is a community-based service involving 1:1 contact with a case manager. Services are typically quickly initiated; individuals will have contact with their ERCS provider typically within 48 hours. Services are directed towards quick referrals to resources and connections to other supports within the community. Additional services provided through ERCS include participant and family education, crisis intervention, transportation, and consumer advocacy. Please call the Unity House for more information.
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.