Who We Are

Frequent Questions

Have you ever had a question and didn’t know where to find the answer? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

  1. MHA-NE is the largest peer operated, participant driven organization. We advocate, educate, provide choice and promote wellness and recovery. We believe all people deserve to learn and grow.
    For a list of specific programs and services we provide, visit our Programs & Services section.

  2. What is Intentional Peer Support?

    "Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful. Peer support is not based on psychiatric models and diagnostic criteria. It is about understanding another’s situation empathically through the shared experience of emotional and psychological pain. When people find affiliation with others whom they feel are “like” them, they feel a connection. This connection, or affiliation, is a deep, holistic understanding based on mutual experience where people are able to “be” with each other without the constraints of traditional (expert/patient) relationships. Further, as trust in the relationship builds, both people are able to respectfully challenge each other when they find themselves re-enacting old roles. This allows members of the peer community to try out new behaviors with one another and move beyond previously held self-concepts built on disability, diagnosis, and trauma worldview." Shery Mead

    Intentional Peer Support is a way of thinking about and inviting transformative relationships. Practitioners learn to use relationships to see things from new angles, develop greater awareness of personal and relational patterns, and support and challenge each other in trying new things.

    Intentional Peer Support (IPS) is unique from traditional human services because:

    * IPS relationships are viewed as partnerships that invite and inspire both parties to learn and grow, rather than as one person needing to ‘help’ another.

    *IPS doesn’t start with the assumption of a problem. With IPS, each of us pays attention to how we have learned to make sense of our experiences, then uses the relationship to create new ways of seeing, thinking, and doing.

    *IPS promotes a trauma-informed way of relating. Instead of asking “What’s wrong?” we learn to ask “What happened?”

    *IPS examines our lives in the context of mutually accountable relationships and communities — looking beyond the mere notion of individual responsibility for change.

    *IPS encourages us to increasingly live and move towardswhat we want instead of focusing on what we need to stop or avoid doing.
    (From the Intentional Peer Support website)

  3. We’re always on the lookout for individuals like you wanting to get involved.
    Visit our How To Help section to find out ways to donate or volunteer.

  4. If I were to donate funds, how is my money used?

    Donations fund an array of programing and supports to all our participants. For example: $285 per day allows an individual to stay in our respite houses, $50 can purchase an interview outfit for someone in the Hope Program, $8 can provide a bus pass, one hour of Wellness Recovery Action Planning can be provided for $100, the WRAP workbook costs $10....and the list goes on....
    We have a responsibility to our community and our donors and work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization. We make our IRS Form 990 available for review, as required by law.

  5. What is your organization's privacy policy?

    Our organization takes our privacy policy seriously and takes steps to protect and ensure the safety of our supporters. We do not sell or otherwise disclose information about our volunteers or supporters outside of our immediate organization. This policy has no exceptions. We do not sell or exchange your information with any other organizations, public, private or nonprofit.

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