MHMR employs and partners with groups of people who have received services and can share their experiences with those starting services.
MHMR employs two self-advocates and a mother of someone with IDD.
Currently, there are two monthly adult peer support groups, known as the Ladies and Men’s Friendship Groups.
Additional services for individuals and their families the program provides:
- Finding services that are the best fit for the individual or family
- Gathering information about local support groups and activities
- Mentoring families as they prepare for meetings about Intake, Admission, Review, and Dismissal/Discharge
- Negotiating concerns with service providers
- Helping people understanding IDD services
- Participating in community meetings to help direct service strategies
MHMR employs ECI parents who can help explain how ECI works. As children reach age 3, ECI team members and staff help transition families into other services either in MHMR, local school districts, or private therapies.
Through the Military Peer Veteran Network, peer support is available for veterans seeking mental health help. Substance use and addiction services are also available.
There are currently 30 peer groups available in Tarrant County, with three groups open for women.
Peers help with various things:
- Finding community resources
- Driving to the Veterans Administration Hospital
- Searching for jobs
- Hosting forums
- Mentoring the Veterans Diversion Court
The Community Center provides a safe place for people to share thoughts and feelings with others who understand.
Peer Specialists provide:
- Supported employment
- Life coaching
- Escorting people to appointments
- providing individual and specific treatment
Peer groups and individuals are available.
The Peer Recovery Coach Program is based on the healing power of support that shares lived experience of strength, hope, and resiliency. Peers help identify strengths and needs, building individualized health and wellness plans for long-term recovery.
Peers assist with:
- Recovery community resources
- Job search coaching
- Medication compliance
- Peer-recovery Groups
- Celebrations of recovery
- Finding local child-care services
- On-going resolution services (therapy, parenting, relationship skills, etc.)