Peer Support and Wellness Center Georgia

Peer Support and Wellness Center Georgia

Georgia offers Respite Center’s as A peer – run complement to traditional behavioral health services.

Wellness Activities, A Warm Line and Respite is offered.

Wellness Activities include Trauma informed Peer Support, Double Trouble in Recovery, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Bowling, Games, Movies, Peer Community, Art Exploration, Whole Health, Housing Support, Financial Planning, Music, Creative Writing, Community Outings, Super Sports Sundays.

Respite Rooms are 24 hours a day. In Decatur the 3 Respite rooms are free of charge and can be occupied by an individual overwhelmed by life challenges who feel she would benefit from 24/7 peer support. Peers often use Respite to avoid psychiatric hospitilization. An individual must have a Proactive Interview on file before being eligible for Respite.

Proactive Interviews A Proactive Interview is an interactive dialogue between a peer staff and a peer who may choose Respite in the future. It is designed to establish a relationship among peers before a Respite stay is needed. A Proactive Interview is completed when a peer is doing well.

A Warm Line is offered. The Peer Support Wellness Center’s Warmline is “peer support over the phone” with Certified Peer Specialists, 24 hours a day.

Atlanta / Metro dial 404 -371-1414 Out of Area dial 1-888-945-1414

More warm lines across the State of Georgia

Henry County 678-782-7666

Colquitt County 229-873-9737

White County 706-865-3601

Bartow County 770-276-2019

The Peer Support and Wellness Center is a project of the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network. It is funded through a contract with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. If you are interested in participating in the Peer Support and Wellness Center please come between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. or call 404-371-1414

I have had the honor and pleasure of meeting the wonderful mentors and Peer ran Manager’s of the McDonough Respite Center and the Decatur Respite Center working closely in interview with The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network which working for the network has been a goal of mine for years now since attending conference at St. Simons Island through scholarship for training and being introduced to The Respect Institute and bringing it back to Newton County and Rockdale County through View Point Health. I am also a graduate of The Respect Institute.

I have gained in the knowledge that a Respite Center offers Respite Care, Wellness Activities and a Warm Line with self – directed recovery and self supporting the peers in their daily recovery and self – directed recovery decisions. Offering support and my learned and lived experiences and not so much what their diagnosis is but what is right today and not what is wrong. And what is your wellness story and not your illness story. Highlighting the Wellness story instead of focusing on the pain and anguish of illness and diagnosis and that one can be productive in recovery and be successful and contribute greatly to their communities.

I have the privilege of knowing the Mental Health Court System of The Alcovy Judicial Circuit first hand and have been invited to attend Mental Health Court at any time I so choose to witness first hand all the cases through the Mental Health Court’s.

I plan to inform the Mental Health Court Judge of the Wellness and Respite Center’s so that he is aware that they are available for clients as they choose to gain in recovery by walking in the light of hope, faith and the promise of a better tomorrow for all. I firmly believe that all walks of life and all cultures can gain their self respect and individualism again by walking a walk of recovery and by my supporting them and sharing my story and lived experiences with them.

I am faithfully in prayer for a position with the Respite Center and will continue to apply with The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network until I have successfully gained employment as a Certified Peer Specialist as this has been a goal of mine and sadly my deceased CPS Ms. Brenda Williams as she would encourage me to press onward with my dreams. Having graduated a Certified Peer Specialist for the State of Georgia is a great honor and very distinguishable role that I fully intend to apply all my devotion and ethics towards for the rest of my days. You may reach me at if necessary.

Lovingly with care,

April Sasser CPS





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