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August 3, 2009

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287


Health and Human Services Schedules Peer Support Town Hall Meetings

Lincoln – A statewide series of town hall meetings will focus on getting ideas and suggestions on creating and improving peer support for people with mental illness.

“Peer support is a service provided by someone living with mental illness,” said Carol Coussons de Reyes, administrator of the Office of Consumer Affairs. A peer has ‘been there, done that’ and can relate to others who are now in a similar situation.”

The town hall meetings are an opportunity to find out what people have to say about why peer support is important and how to develop the current peer support workforce in Nebraska.

Guest speakers will share their perspective on peer support and listen to ideas and suggestions from participants. Those speakers are: Charles B. Willis, Certified Peer Specialist of Georgia; Heather Peck of Virginia; and Stuart Perry, Certified Peer Specialist in rural Georgia.

The meetings will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. local time:

August 31st 2009 – Lincoln: Bennett Martin Public Library (14th & N)

September 1st, 2009 – Omaha: Omaha Public Library, 4th Floor (15th & Douglas)

September 2nd, 2009 – Norfolk: Ponca Tribe Center (1800 Syracuse Ave.)

September 3rd, 2009 – Norfolk: Lifelong Learning Center (801 E. Benjamin Ave.)

September 4th, 2009 – Hastings: Hastings Public Library (517 West 4th St.)

September 15th, 2009 – Scottsbluff: Hampton Inn Conference Center (301 W. Hwy 26)

September 16th, 2009 – North Platte: Hampton Inn (200 Platte Oasis Parkway)

Requests for interpretative services must be made by August 14th. For more information call Dan Powers or Carol Coussons de Reyes at (800) 836-7660.