In 2015, South Shore Mental Health opened the doors to our Peer-to-Peer Program in Quincy. Funded by the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership and operated in conjunction with SSMH’s emergency services, the Peer-to-Peer Program offers support to individuals living with a mental illness during evenings and weekends when access to mental health services is typically unavailable.
The Peer-to-Peer mission is to provide a safe and supportive environment where peers can connect with others whose shared experiences help them work through various stages of their recovery. Dedicated to the belief that recovery is real, the program operates within a living room model where peers can relax and feel comfortable.
The program is staffed by a diverse group of individuals who are Certified Peer Specialists (CPS). It functions as a drop-in center where peers can participate in a wide variety of activities. For some, this means enjoying a cup of coffee or watching television in a restful, home-like atmosphere. Others choose to join in peer-led activities, including guided meditation, arts and crafts, and “recovery is real” group discussions. However they spend their time, all are certain to be met with respect, understanding, and ongoing encouragement designed to renew hope and strengthen determination to stay on track with their own journeys of recovery.
The program is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 PM—11:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM—10 PM, and on holidays between 10:00 AM—2:00 PM. It is located on the second floor at 460 Quincy Avenue in Quincy and can be reached by calling (617) 689-2599 or (617) 774-6036. Transportation to and from the Peer-to-Peer Program is available for peers in Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Milton, Norwell, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate, and Weymouth.
To become a member of the program or to make a referral, please call the SSMH Emergency Services Program at (617) 774-6036 and ask to speak with a program manager. A peer specialist will contact new peers directly during the program’s hours of operation. Those without access to a telephone can stop by during regularly scheduled program hours and ask to speak with a staff member.
Come Check Out Our New Space!
Our guests will be entertained by the Peers with their talents in music, art, and poetry
The Peer-to-Peer program has moved! Stop in and check out our beautiful new space at 460 Quincy Avenue, Quincy on the 2nd floor. The Peers will be entertaining our guests with their talents in music, art, and poetry.
For more information please contact Leah Hallett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 291-6951.