The goal of the PeerLINKS program is to partner with our clients in their journey towards recovery and support them in getting Linked with needed services, while INcreasing their Knowledge and providing Support.
We work with persons age 18 or older, who have been admitted to UC San Diego’s or Scripps Mercy’s psychiatric inpatient units or selected crisis homes, and who are in need of resources and/or support. Although we begin to support our clients while they are in an inpatient unit or crisis home, we continue to support them several months after they have left these facilities.
Our team’s approach is to meet our clients where they are and work to support their goals and their preferences. We do not tell them what to do; instead, we provide options and help them think through their options. Additionally, we empower our clients to take an active role in their well-being and recovery.
What services do we provide?
Our services vary depending upon the needs of each individual client, and may include:
- Peer support
- Coaching and mentoring
- Providing messages of hope and modeling recovery
- Assistance with healthcare navigation
- Information and assistance in navigating resources and obtaining benefits
- Family support and education
How do we receive referrals?
At this time, we can only enroll persons who have been referred by UC San Diego’s or Scripps Mercy’s psychiatric inpatient units, or CRF’s Vista Balboa and New Vistas crisis homes. If you are currently a patient or residents at these sites, please speak with your treatment team about being referred to PeerLINKS. At this time, we cannot enroll individuals who self-refer to our program.
Who is on the team?
The PeerLINKS team is comprised of Peer/Family Support Specialists, a Registered Nurse, a Licensed Clinician, an Administrative Support Associate, and a Program Manager. Our team is diverse and includes persons of varied ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. We provide gender responsive, culturally sensitive, and trauma informed services.
PeerLINKS is led by NAMI San Diego in a collaborative partnership with RI International. Additionally, we work in partnership with Scripps Mercy, UC San Diego, CRF’s Vista Balboa and New Vistas crisis homes, Family Health Centers of San Diego, and other community organizations.
PeerLINKS is funded by the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services and the Mental Health Services Act (Innovation funding).