MHMR employs and partners with groups of people who have received services and can share their lived experiences with those starting services. Here is an overview of the peer partners across the agency:
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
To better support individuals with IDD and their families, MHMR has a mother of a person with IDD and two self-advocates on staff. MHMR also runs two monthly adult peer support groups. These services are available to anyone receiving ECI or IDD services or for people on the wait list for services. The peer and support teams meet with individuals and their families as well as supports IDD service coordinators to:
- Brainstorm and identify services or supports that are the best fit to the individual or family
- Give information about local support groups and activities
- Attend meetings about services
- Mentor families as they prepare for ARD (Admission, Review and Dismissal) meetings
- Listen to individual and family concerns
- Negotiate those concerns with service providers
- Assist people navigate the complex IDD services system
- Solicit input and participate in leadership and community meetings to help direct agency strategy
ECI employs ECI parents who can help explain how ECI works. Team members help transition families as they approach age 3 into other community services such as MHMR, the local school district and private therapy.
Through the Military Peer Veteran Network, peer support is available for veterans with substance abuse, mental health and/or PTSD through 30 peer groups in Tarrant County and 6 in surrounding counties; three groups are specifically for woman. Peers assist in finding community resources, driving to the Veterans Administration Hospital, searching for jobs, hosting forums and mentoring for the Veterans Diversion Court.
Addictions & Mental Health
Many people we serve with mental illness also have substance abuse disorder. MHMR has integrated substance abuse services, including peers, with mental health services at the 11 mental health clinic locations.
The Peer Recovery Coach Program is based on the healing power of mutual support that shares lived experiences of strength, hope and resiliency with peers seeking long term health and wellness and who have the chronic disease of addiction. Peers help identify strengths and needs building a health and wellness plan for long term recovery. Peers assist with housing, benefits, recovery community resources, job search coaching, medication compliance, peer recovery groups, celebrations of recovery, finding child care and resources for needed on-going problem resolution (trauma therapy, parenting classes, relationship skills, etc.)
The peer-run Community Center provides a safe place to share thoughts and feelings with others who understand what they are going through. Certified peer specialists provide supported employment, mentorship and modeling, life coaching, escorting people to appointments and providing support in providing individual specific treatment. Peer Services offers Mental Wellness and Recovery support groups. Individual sessions are offered to anyone receiving MHMR services. Mental Health America also provides peer support groups.