How to get connected to Peer Support?
Call the BHRC to get learn about what options for peer support exist in our community and would be accessible to you. Peer Support may be available individually, in support groups, at respite houses, in community centers, in programs that provide vocational support, and beyond. The BHRC is proud to partner with Safe Communities to be able to connect individuals who use substances with a Recovery Coach.
A widely assessable way to connect with peer support would be a warmline. There are multiple warmlines and support lines available to Wisconsin residents that are staffed by peers. You do not need to be in a crisis to call. You can call these lines if you need someone to talk to for support when things are difficult, or when you just need someone to connect with. These lines allow for anonymity and confidentiality. They are not directly connected to crisis linkage services (911, 988, local crisis services, etc.). Peers on the line will not call emergency services on you unless you specifically request them to support you in doing so and that process would be led by you. Here are some options for peer-run warmlines in Wisconsin:
The Solstice House Warmline operates 24/7
Uplift Wisconsin operates from 12pm-12am (noon to midnight) daily
For additional support lines please see the resources compiled by NAMI Wisconsin here: https://namiwisconsin.org/resources/talk-to-someone/
Two community Peer-run services are Respite Houses and Recovery Centers. To learn about these opportunities and where they exist in Dane County see the following links:
Wisconsin Peer-Run Respite options: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/peer-services/peer-run-respites.htm
Dane County Specific Respite option: Solstice House https://soarcms.org/programs/solstice-house
Wisconsin Peer Recovery Centers: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/peer-services/peer-recovery-centers.htm
Dane County Specific Center option: Cornucopia https://copiarts.org/index.html
Agencies that provide peer support in various forms in Dane County (list is not comprehensive):
Just Dane, Chrysalis, Centro Hispano, Safe Communities, SOAR/Recovery Dane, Briarpatch Youth Services, Wisconsin Family Ties, Solstice House, Cornucopia, , NAMI, UW Health in some clinics, Anesis Center for Marriage and Family Therapy, Access to Independence, Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, Various agencies in the Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) program.