The Heartland Family Service Peer Center is a peer drop-in center, run by peer support staff, for anyone with a mental health diagnosis. The program is designed to be not only a safe place for people to go to combat boredom, but a safe place to go to find and build supports and friendships with others who may be living in a similar situation and experiencing similar barriers.
The peer support staff member is a person with lived experience with a mental health diagnosis, who has reached a level of recovery and can provide engagement, encouragement, education, and input into helping others manage their lives. Peer support employees run the day-to-day functions of the Peer Center. They offer individual and group sessions/opportunities.
Eligibility: Must have a serious and persistent mental illness and want to come to the Peer Center to socialize and attend groups and activities. Attendees are not required to have Medicaid. Services are offered to residents of Pottawattamie County, Iowa.