Wellness and Recovery
Adults marginalized by poverty and disability are an under-served and often unseen population. Wellness and Recovery programming is one of the ways the Friendship Center helps to provide services, advocacy, and relationships. The Friendship Center provides a clothes closet, bi-annual eye care clinics, annual flu-shot clinics, a weekly yoga class, and several different weekly peer-led recovery groups. The Friendship Center also employs a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) who monitors vitals signs. In 2014 the staff CNA made over 1,700 care contacts including 428 health screenings, 456 services rendered, and 15 emergency interventions.
The Friendship Center has three Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) on staff and four volunteer CPSs. A CPS is a person who has a diagnosis of a mental illness, and has received specialized training through the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to provide peer support and to promote self-determination, personal responsibility, and empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery. We recently provided 23 no-cost eye glasses and 53 flu shots.
Our wellness and recovery programming operates in partnerships with other agencies such as St. Joseph’s Mercy Care, the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Units of Grady Behavioral Health System and the local Veterans Affairs hospital, Prevent Blindness Georgia, the Georgia Mental Health Consumers Network, and local chapters of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Also, students from Mercer University’s School of Nursing, and Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health come to the Friendship Center for portions of their clinical rotations and fieldwork.