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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 for Hope and Recovery is a drop-in center for those who use or have used mental health services. Jenkins Center provides a safe environment where mental health consumers can relax, have fun with peers, and share information and support. The center is unique because it is staffed by peers, not healthcare professionals or government administrators. Peer run classes, groups, and activities such as women and men’s groups, writing groups, arts and crafts activities, as well as workshops and special events are publicized on a monthly calendar. The center is comprised of an activity room, TV room, and several quiet rooms, as well as meeting facilities. The Jenkins Center hosts a weekly Wednesday dinner, monthly birthday celebrations, and occasional field trips. During business hours the center provides coffee, tea, juice or lemonade and several days a week offers a variety of fresh fruit. We are open Tuesdays through Fridays from 9am to 6pm and Saturdays from noon to 4. Stop by and see what we are all about.

Click here for the April 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.