WYNC News has an article and audio report about a resurgence in interest in small peer-run centers that help people who might otherwise land in psychiatric hospitals.
“Respite Centers have their roots in the reform movement of the 1970’s and 80’s,” reports WNYC News. “Now, decades later, they are being embraced by government bureaucrats trying to cut costs and advocates seeking new alternatives to restrictive hospitals that, they say, take away personal freedom and breed dependency. They are purposely non-clinical and run mostly by peer counselors — people with histories of mental illness themselves.”
Respite From the Storm (WNYC News, February 5, 2015)