Peer Support Recovery Centers currently operate five peer support centers throughout Lake County.
  • The Big Oak Peer Support Center
  • Circle of Native Minds Center
  • La Voz de la Esparanza
  • Family Support Center in Middletown
  • Harbor on Main TAY Peer Support Center

A variety of education, prevention and early intervention services, programs and activities are run through these centers. The concepts of wellness, recovery and resiliency are embedded in the programming at all locations.

Each of these centers serves niche populations, promote cultural competency through program design, and allow access to resources and linkages to needed services.

These centers are intended to reduce disparities in access to mental health services amongst identified priority population and provide peer employment opportunities.

The centers also serve as a safe and easily accessible community-based location for residents to connect to behavioral health services.

Big Oaks Peer Support Center

This center has become an effective resource for the unhoused community. Services have expanded to include a popup care trailer, support with applying for public assistance, food distribution and a clothing closet. Consumers particularly enjoy the survival cooking group which teaches them how to cook food that they receive from the food pantry.

Circle of Native Minds

The relationship between this center and the community continues to grow. The Circle is able to offer many traditional cultural activities both at the center and in the community. Staff also attends community activities to promote center services.

La Voz de la Esparanza

Adventist Health has begun referring Spanish-speaking consumers to this center for services, which has increased the number of Latino consumers and helped individuals feel more comfortable receiving support and talking a out mental health challenges. This collaboration also helps break down language barriers.

Family Support Center

The Family Support center in Middletown is the newest Peer Support Center and houses the Parent Partner. The Parent Partner provides peer-to-peer understanding, helps parents navigate the services system and advocates for their needs.

The Parent Partner brings “lived experience” of the service system and can provide families with non-clinical insights on how to seek appropriate services and community with service providers.

The Harbor on Main

The overall goal of The Harbor is to increase safety, well-being and self-sufficiency to ensure a successful transition to independent adulthood for Transitional Age Youth (TAY) ages 16-25. These goals are achieved by providing Peer Support, Community Outreach and Engagement and Targeted Support Groups.