Available Peer Services at Valley Cities
Peers are an incredible support for those seeking services, as often one needs a helping hand from someone who has walked a similar path. Don’t wait until a crisis to reach out for peer services, but seek them out early to increase engagement, hope, and empowerment. Each Peer has variety of skills and expertise so ask questions of them to find the right fit. Peers are not their illness but they are strong, authentic, and successful examples of recovery. Below are a descriptions of the Peers you will find at Valley Cities. To find the right Peer for you, speak with your Care Coordinator or someone on your care team.
Adult Peers model recovery, hope, and resiliency as they meet one-on-one with clients to assist, advocate, and provide support from a peer perspective. They share relevant recovery journeys and offer hope and empowerment. Adult Peers may facilitate various recovery groups at each of Valley Cities’ sites. They are also instrumental in helping clients find resources and connecting them to various community activities, increasing mental wellness.
Parent Partners provide support to parents and caregivers of children receiving services at Valley Cities, from a parent perspective, and work as part of the child’s care team. Parent Partners provide a variety of services depending on needs of the families they serve, such as education, home visits, support for parents in school meetings and court appearances, and are able to meet for one on one visits in the office. They facilitate various parenting classes and have experience advocating for parents and children in child-serving systems such as CPS, Juvenile Justice, and DSHS.
Forensic Peers provide peer-to-peer support to those in jails and hospitals, connecting clients to basic resources and connecting them to services as soon as possible upon release. Forensic peers may also provide transportation and linkage to services, depending on the needs of the client.
COD (Co-occurring Disorders) Peers provide one-on-one support and groups for clients receiving chemical dependency and mental health services at Valley Cities. People in early recovery are often faced with the need to abandon previous friends and social networks that encourage or sustain a substance use disorder, but have no alternatives to replace that support. COD Peer Support providers can help educate, provide hope and resources from a peer’s perspective, and encourage the creation of healthy relationships and building alternative social networks.
MIDD Wraparound Parent Partners work specifically with parents and youth enrolled in Wraparound services as part of the multi-system involved team. These Parent Partners support parents in finding resources and share their own experiences with parents from a peer perspective, while assisting in meeting the goals of the Wraparound care plan. Each care plan varies, so the duties of the Wraparound Parent Partner will vary depending on the needs and goals of the family.
Older Adult Peers provide many of the same services as Adult Peers, but are tailored to fit the needs of an older adult population. These peers visit clients in nursing homes and senior centers, provide resources, transportation, education, and more.