Peer Support Program

Peer support aims to establish trusting relationships,
decrease stigma and create a safe environment where
information, resources and coping strategies can be shared.

In the Peer Support Program at Arundel Lodge, individuals direct their own recovery journey, with Peer Support Specialists serving as compassionate listeners, educators, coaches, advocates, and partners. The Peer Support Specialists’ lived experience serves to inspire program participants on their journeys in recovery.

Peer Support Specialists at Arundel Lodge are state-certified and receive ongoing training on trauma-informed care, Intentional Peer Support, substance and/or process use, and resources available for wellness and recovery. Specialists also receive group and individual supervision and support from a licensed mental health professional to ensure effective service delivery.

Who we serve in the Peer Support Program

  • Individuals enrolled in Arundel Lodge’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program(PRP)

Persons in the PRP can refer themselves to Group and/or one-to-one Individualized Peer Support services, or Staff can refer persons to the program. Referrals are also discussed as part of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) assessments and Individual Rehabilitation Plan (IRP).

Services provided

The Peer Support Program offers one-to-one listening, support and coaching sessions, as well as group meetings which can include Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Connections, Peer-to-Peer, Women’s Group, Men’s Group, Women’s Dual-Diagnosis and Mental Health, WHAM, Beyond Recovery and more.

We mentor individuals to

  • identify strengths, recognize success and build hope
  • build self-advocacy skills, natural supports and coping skills
  • become involved as advocates for others
  • navigate mental health and other systems, including accompanying persons to appointment with health professionals and therapists
  • build and maintain community living skills and access community resources
  • find and retain employment, education and volunteer work
  • find other meaningful activities that promote a sense of purpose, structure, and inclusion in the community
  • meet goals set in the Individual Rehabilitation Plan(IRP)

We support individuals by

  • serving as advocates during IRP/ITP meetings
  • providing guidance related to IRP goals during times of high stress
  • working with persons on collaborative documentation

Through participation in the Peer Support Program, individuals increase awareness of their own self-worth, strengths, and skills. 

How to Access Services

To enroll in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program(PRP) and be eligible to participate in the Peer Support Program please contact Rachel Keller, Supportive Living Program Manager (443) 433-5888.

Persons already in the PRP can refer themselves to Peer Support services, or Staff can refer persons to the program. Referrals are also discussed as part of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) assessments and Individual Rehabilitation Plan (IRP).

Anyone interested in receiving Peer Support services should fill out a Peer Support Request Form and present it to the Peer Support Coordinator at Arundel Lodge.

For more information on the Peer Support Program please contact

Lillie Hinkleman
Chief of Clinical Programs/Clinic Director
lhinkelman@arundellodge.org
direct: (443) 433-5913
main: (443) 433-5900