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Peer Wellness Respite

Respite is a safe alternative to an inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. As a peer-run initiative, Respite staff provide 24/7 peer to peer support in working through...
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Peer wellness respite is a safe alternative to an inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. As a peer-run initiative, Respite staff provide 24/7 peer to peer support in working through a behavioral health crisis. 

The CSPNJ Respite Program offers a clean, safe, supportive, tranquil, and non-judgmental environment in a residential community. Guests can be provided support at the house for a maximum of 10 days and offered follow up support for up to 30 days. We offer intensive peer support and involvement in wellness activities on site and through follow up support to help guests to restore balance, and plan for adjustments to their home, their associated valued roles, and their community activities.

Our Peer Wellness Respite service is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week individuals with lived experience who are trained and experienced in supporting others to transform a crisis into an opportunity for enhancing personal wellness. We aim to both inspire hope and assist guests in developing crisis self-management skills so that our guests can better manage the current and any future crisis situations. We focus on self-care in the areas of sleep and rest, relaxation, nutrition, physical activity, and management of co-occurring medical or substance use challenges.

CSPNJ HAS 3 RESPITE HOUSES IN MIDDLESEX, PASSAIC & ESSEX COUNTY.

Contact us to learn more about respite or to begin the intake process!

To contact the Middlesex Respite, please call (732) 354-4403.

To contact the Essex Respite, please call (862) 229-1401.

To contact the Passaic Respite, please call (862) 239-9896.

Peer Wellness Respite Goals

Crisis often leads to disruptions in balance and self-care.
To restore capability and balance, we:

  • Provide intensive short-term support for individuals in the community through an alternative environment to inpatient hospitalization
  • Empower a person in crisis to re-establish healthy habits and routines
  • Enhance coping skills to manage crisis or distress in order to resume valued roles
  • Strengthen wellness self-care so that the guest can be successful in managing the immediate crisis and resume valued life roles and responsibilities
  • Assist guests to become or remain linked with their healthcare providers, jobs, schools, and communities.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must live in New Jersey
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Experiencing a crisis or emotional distress
  • Identify as living with a mental or substance use disorder
respite staff standing outside of the Newark respite house

Respite Services

The program recognizes that crises are short-term and involve a time when a person may need assistance in managing the distress that can interfere with personal wellness.

 

We see wellness not as the absence of disease or distress, but as the presence of purpose in life, active involvement in satisfying work and play, joyful relationships, a healthy body and living environment, and the presence of happiness.

 

Our peer team provides guests with support and the tools needed to pursue recovery and wellness. We aim to both inspire hope and assist guests in developing crisis self-management skills, so our guests can manage the current and future crisis situations. We focus on self-care in the areas of sleep and rest, relaxation, nutrition, physical activity, and management of co-occurring medical or substance use issues.

Take a virtual tour of our Respite houses!
What have some of our past peer wellness respite guests shared about their recovery stories?

Slide Slide "I'm feeling all better now and am hopeful to put new skills into work in the 'real world.'"

- Johnny
Slide Slide "I am leaving respite feeling confident, not only in myself but also confident that I will be able to maintain my wellness. For the first time, in a very long time, I feel hopeful."

- Jasmine
Slide Slide "After coming to respite, I have my hope back and I can face whatever I need. I want people to know it helps, when you want it and really work for it."

- Anita
Slide Slide "I was and am better able to understand who I really am and what I want in my life, not only what I need to control and mitigate."

- Audrey