Client Run Center is a place that provides peer support, self-help, mental health advocacy, recreation, community integration, and social activities for consumers in Service Area II who are well grounded in their mental health recovery and can benefit from ongoing peer support.
The program offers over 40 groups and is staffed entirely by individuals with mental illness and significant lived-experience. It is open to all consumers regardless of funding, racial background, illness or socio- economic status. The program does not provide medication support services, case management, individual therapy or other professional mental health services. It also does not serve persons on parole.
Consumers are referred to the Client Run Center from:
- Wellness Centers
- Outpatient Programs
- Psychiatric hospitals
- Community-based mental health providers
- Employment service providers
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
- Self-help/peer support groups
- Community colleges, universities
- Faith-based organizations
- Local pharmacies.
Self-referrals are accepted as long as the person has a major mental health diagnosis and is already grounded in mental health recovery. The prospective referral can come to the orientation every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.
The Client Run Center also provides opportunities for educational growth through weekly High School Equivalency trainings as well as provides the Peer Counseling Training Program.
Peer Counseling Training Program
The Peer Counseling Training Program meets 12 hours a week for 12 weeks. In addition to the class, peer counseling students complete 96 hours of internship where they practice the skills being taught at the Center’s Client Run Center, Victory Wellness Center, or through special arrangements in other programs.
The Center also has a “Recovery Panel,” made up of consumers available to speak on the topic of mental illness, stigma and how to lead happy and productive lives. For more information, please call the Client Run Center at 818-989-7475.
This program is funded through the Mental Health Services Act.