Alkermes awards MHAPBC $100,000 for PEP program

Mental Health Association
MHA
November 9, 2017

November 9, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact:
Pamela Gionfriddo, CEO
pgionfriddo@mhapbc.org
http://www.mhapbc.org

The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County AWARDED GRANT TO SUPPORT Peers Empowering Peers (PEP) in Palm Beach County, Florida

 

– Funding will support the Peers Empowering Peers program (PEP), which trains and deploys Peer Specialists to help their peers navigate the health care system, reduce re-hospitalization rates, improve behavioral health, and improve quality of life. –

 

West Palm Beach, Florida,— The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County (MHAPBC) announced today that it has been selected as one of 17 non-profit organizations to receive a $100,000 grant from the ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS® program. The grant will support the Peers Empowering Peers program (PEP), which uses trained Peer Specialists to help patients who are hospitalized with behavioral health diagnoses and then follows the patient into the community to help bridge them to community resources and assists them in their recovery.

 

“We are so excited and honored to receive this national award for our PEP program”, said Pam Gionfriddo, CEO of the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County. “Our program, which is currently being piloted in two hospitals in West Palm Beach, is reducing re-hospitalization rates and is dramatically improving our clients’ quality of life, thanks to the hard work and empathy of our Peer Specialists.”

 

“Addiction and mental illness affect millions of people and their families every day, and require an integrated approach to treatment that is scalable in communities across the country,” said Richard Pops, Chief Executive Officer of Alkermes. “Medicines play a role, but importantly, it is the innovative programs, like those of The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, designed to support people affected by these diseases and led by passionate leaders on the front lines that will ignite sustainable and meaningful change for patients.”

 

The Peers Empowering Peers program (PEP) trains and deploys Peer Specialists – people who have lived experience with mental illness themselves – to help their peers navigate the health care system, reduce re-hospitalization rates, improve behavioral health, and improve quality of life.  Our Peer Specialists work to help patients who are hospitalized with behavioral health diagnoses and then follows them into the community to assist them in their recovery. We are also increasing the workforce of nationally certified Peer Specialists to work in hospitals and other clinical settings in partnership with Mental Health America.

 

Now in its second year, ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS focuses on two key areas: improving or enhancing support or resources for people affected by mental health concerns or substance use disorder, and/or integrating the perspective of people affected by mental health concerns or addiction into drug development or care delivery.

 

To learn more about Peers Empowering Peers program (PEP) and the new National Peer Certification program,  please come to a free introductory workshop:  New Career Paths for Peer Mentors on November 30, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM.  Call 561-832-3755 or email info@mhapbc.org to reserve your seats.

 

Read this article about our program: Peers Empowering Peers: The Mission Continues

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Since 1949, the Mental Health Association has been dedicated to improving the lives of people who are touched by mental illness. Through advocacy, education, and outreach, MHA seeks to improve access to services and mental wellness.  MHA is working with community partners to reduce the stigma of mental illness and to improve understanding about issues related to mental health and well-being.   

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