PEER SUPPORT SERVICES
Vinfen’s Peer Support Services give people with psychiatric conditions the opportunity to get guidance and support from people who have been there.
People with similar lived experiences are able to listen, give hope, and offer guidance about recovery in a way that is different from other paid professionals. They can give and receive mutual, practical advice and suggestions for strategies that professionals may not have or know about. Through coaching, mentoring and advocacy, Peers let others know that they are not alone.
We provide peer support services that are integrated with other support services in most of our programs, including:
Adult Community Clinical Services (ACCS) are a comprehensive, clinically focused service that helps people living with psychiatric conditions recover. People with lived experience of psychiatric conditions work as part of ACCS teams and are trained to provide mutual support to help others in recovery. Peer Specialists on the teams promote engagement, hope, and full integration and functioning in the community, helping people to explore their options and gain confidence, skills and resources needed to successfully achieve their goals.
Vinfen’s Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) services provide treatment, rehabilitation and support services to enable clients to reduce or prevent psychiatric relapse, improve abilities in adult life roles, and engage in a personal process of recovery. Recovery Coordinators working in PACT are people with lived experience of psychiatric conditions and specialize in providing mutual support to help others.
Our Recovery Learning Centers (RLCs) are run entirely for and by people with lived experience of psychiatric conditions and/or substance misuse. Our services utilize peer support, advocacy, referral, education, career coaching, job readiness, financial literacy, wellness, and social activities in a sensitive and person-centered manner. We support four peer-led RLCs in Cambridge/Somerville, Fall River, Hyannis, and Quincy.