Peer Services

Peer support programs provide an opportunity for consumers who have achieved significant recovery to assist others in their recovery journeys. Peer specialists model recovery, teach skills and offer supports to help people experiencing mental health challenges lead meaningful lives in the community. Peer specialists promote recovery; enhance hope and social networking through role modeling and activation; and supplement existing treatment with education, empowerment, and aid in system navigation.

The Jenkins Center (formerly SPACE) is a drop-in center for people who use or have used mental health services. It is a place where through peer support, people are able to socialize and improve their quality of life. The Jenkins Center provides a relaxed environment where members can be free from drugs, alcohol, and harassment. The center is run by peers, not healthcare professionals or government administrators. It offers members peer-run support groups, leisure activities, computer classes, art classes, as well as workshops and is comprised of an activity room, TV room, several quiet rooms, and meeting facilities.  The Jenkins Center hosts many special events including a weekly Wednesday dinner, monthly birthday celebrations, and field trips. During business hours the center provides coffee, tea, and lemonade and on most days, a variety of fresh fruit. We also offer various other snacks for purchase.  Jenkins Center is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm and on Saturday from noon to 4pm. Stop by and see what we’re all about.

Click here for the March 2017 calendar of groups and events

For more information, please call the staff at the Jenkins Center directly at 607 277-PEER (7337) or email them at jenkinscenter@mhaedu.org

The Wellness Program is based on the idea of self responsibility, designed to assist participants in making individual plans, learn causes of stress and how to combat that stress, and to lessen or avoid “burn-out” and risk for serious illness. It is available to groups and individuals in the community. Each individual in the group works on his or her own program to make life better while learning from others in group meetings. Topics covered in meetings may include: nutrition/diet, exercise, support, relationships, organizations, relaxation, sleep, hygiene, time and stress management.