Peer Supported Services

Recovery from mental health and substance use disorders is greatly enhanced when peer-supported, consumer-driven services are available. These services are provided by individuals who are, themselves, recovering from behavioral health disorders. They have “lived experience” –meaning they have personal experience with the process of seeking, engaging in, and living recovery. Everyone is unique with their own challenges and triumphs. Yet, knowing that you can reach out to someone who has walked the journey of recovery from mental illness and/or addiction might be just what you need to take your own first step towards recovery.

At SummitStone Health Partners, we have programs such as Spirit Crossing Clubhouse, Peer Specialists, and Choices Café. These are programs that have been designed by consumers, for consumers. Underlying all consumer-driven programming is an understanding that if people are surrounded by people who believe in them and connect on the most human of levels, then recovery becomes a way of life. This is a journey that is best taken together –SummitStone Health Partners recognizes and supports our consumers in directing their own recovery.

Peer-Supported, Consumer-Driven Programs

Choices Café
Namaqua Center for Family-Centered, Community-Based Programs
Peer Specialists
Spirit Crossing Clubhouse and Vocational Support Programs

Spirit Crossing Clubhouse is a certified Model of Rehabilitation with the International Center for Clubhouse Development. Vocational support includes transitional employment, supported employment and job development, career counseling, supported education, and job-seeking skills training. Clubhouse members and staff operate the facility jointly. Clubhouse work-ordered day activities include preparing and serving lunch daily, clerical and retail work, computer and data entry, newsletter publishing, and facility maintenance. Recovery oriented activities include weekly socials and recreational outings, wellness classes, fundraising, client advocacy, community education and program development responsibilities.

The Café is a drop-in center which is client run and staff supported. It is a safe place for clients to go for social interaction and fun.

“My experience at Choice’s Café has really helped me stabilize. When I attend and participate in Choice’s Café activities, it helps me to know that my friends, the Peer Specialist staff, and peers that I interact with enable me to socialize, have fun, and instill in me that I can talk with others and process my feelings and thoughts. I have been volunteering in the Café for many years and I really enjoy assisting with the activities and welcoming new comers into the Café. Helping others helps me in my recovery. I really enjoy supporting others . I get excited to tell other peers that it is ok to have a bad day or to really enjoy your surroundings when you are having a great day. Choice’s Café is a safe place to have fun and to express yourself. It truly is a positive place to hang out and I am grateful for all of the good times that I have had in the Café and the wonderful relationships that I have built and maintained over the years in the Café.”

~ Patricia B.
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Namaqua Center Services

For more than 35 years, Namaqua Center has provided care, treatment and healing to our most vulnerable children. These children might have lived through unspeakable trauma, may have severe behavior challenges, or might even have a diagnosable emotional disturbance. Each child is unique, and so are their needs. At Namaqua, our family-centered, community based programs offer families the individualized support they need to raise healthy, successful children.

Family Support Program

Families can struggle when they have a severely behaviorally challenged child. Sometimes the entire family is disrupted or even at-risk of staying together. Families like this benefit from our Family Support Program’s relationship-based services that develop and maintain stability. Each family’s needs are unique, and may require one-to-one youth coaching, parental support, and/or community-based respite.

Family Treatment Court Mentors

Mentors offer guidance and support to families involved in court-ordered family and substance abuse treatment.

Grandfamily Support Program

Grandparents or kin members who take responsibility for their young family members face daily complications. Raising children who are grieving, traumatized, or neglected is difficult-add to that the personal and economic challenges of taking on young children, and the task can be overwhelming. Namaqua's Kinship Care System Navigator helps grandfamilies access services and resources. Parenting the Second Time Around is an eight-week class for grandfamilies. Namaqua facilitates free grandfamilies networking and family-oriented events, giving families the opportunity to connect with peers facing similar situations.


Wondercamp is a skillbuilding program for Namaqua Center children who have severe emotional disturbances, and who require structure and support during school holidays. Through games and activities, children learn important behaviors like sharing, helping and cooperation. Art, music and drama help build self-esteem and expression. These activities, along with appropriate treatment, create the structure needed to maintain the child’s success and stability – even when school is out.


Even Superman needs a day off now and then. Families raising children with emotional disorders can sometimes find themselves reaching the end of their rope. Respite offers skilled, competent care for children whose parents, foster parents or grandparents need a chance to rest and recharge – so that they can go back to being the “Supermom” or “Superdad” they need to be to help their children grow up healthy and happy.

Namaqua Center provides:

Early intervention
Short-term case management
Resource and referral information
One-on-one mentoring and skill development
Crisis management
Short-term respite
Peer support
Educational support
Mentoring and coaching
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The Peer Specialist program empowers people with lived experience with mental illness the chance to help others along their journey to recovery. Trained through a rigorous evidence-based model, peer specialists are not therapists or psychiatrists. They are trained to be an advocate, support, and friend to those who are living with similar challenges due to their mental illness and addiction.

“I was a Choice House resident in the fall/winter of 2003. Previously, I had spent 5 1/2 dreary months in CMHIP (Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo). That was the low point of my life! I had lost my marriage, my home, and my business-all at once. Additionally, genetic depression runs in my family-both my grandfather and my father both suffered a “nervous breakdown” in mid-life just like me. I attempted suicide twice...Thank God, literally, I failed.

Today, I feel happy and blessed, partly because I know so many of you former Choice House residents and LCMH consumers who are “survivors” of mental illness. You are my heroes, some of the nicest and most intelligent people I know. I won’t name you-but you know who you are. Like my father, I attribute my recovery to my spirituality. Although medicine and skilled caregivers had a lot to do with my recovery, my higher power who created the discoverers of those “miracle drugs” and those fine caregivers truly helps me.

I am grateful for the Choice’s Café and the great people that I can hang out with. Thank you for being a part of my recovery and allowing me to be a part of yours.”

~John C.
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Peer Supported Services for Families with Children

An evidence based parenting education program designed to positively impact the relationship between parent and child. Research supports reduced violence and disobedient behavior in the home is a positive result of participating in the Incredible Years Parenting Series.

This program is made possible through funding from the Bohemian Foundation, Larimer County Department of Human Services and the Office on Aging. The Kinship Care System Navigator assists kin and grandfamilies in accessing services and resources. These services are free to any relative care provider.

Family Support Services provide innovative, effective services to assist youth and their families in developing and maintaining stability and healthy levels of functioning. The interventions are based on the unique needs of the individual youth and his/her family and may involve one-on-one youth coaching, parental support and community based respite. Family Support Services are designed to help children successfully remain at home in their local community.
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