Advocates was selected from a number of providers to develop “The Living Room,” a peer-run drop-in program in Framingham. The only program in Eastern Massachusetts, and the second of its kind in the entire state, the program will offer an alternative to traditional respite, emergency rooms, and hospitalization for people experiencing distress.
People can stop by The Living Room, which is set to open in Framingham in summer 2018, to socialize, get support from Peer Specialists, and receive assistance with housing, employment, and more. The program will be completely staffed by Advocates’ Peer Specialists. There will be peer support groups offered at this location in addition to the groups already running at other locations. If needed, there will also be the option for people to sleep overnight in recliners.
“This is a non-clinical, non-medical model approach to supporting people through difficulties they may be experiencing,” says Keith Scott, VP for Peer Support and Self-Advocacy. It will use the “mutuality of human relationships” to connect with those in need of immediate support.