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R Place Peer Recovery Center 2016 (1)

Agency Website

Agency Address

10 East Benton Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240

counties served

Johnson, Mental Health Disability Services (MHDS) East Central Region (ECR). We serve whoever comes through our doors.

R Place Peer Recovery Center

a program of NAMI Johnson County

Agency background:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s number one grassroots organization for individuals with mental illness & their loved ones. NAMI’s mission is to end the stigma surrounding mental illness, our local affiliate, NAMI Johnson County, does this through Education, Support, & Advocacy for individuals with mental illness & their loved ones. NAMI JC’s program, R Place Peer Recovery Center, supports NAMI’s mission by creating a stigma free community for adults with mental illness. R Place was conceptualized in 2013 by a committee of NAMI JC members, and became a functioning part of the Peer Center movement in 2014. We value a non-judgmental, empowering approach to those living with mental illness. The client/individual/member at R Place is the decision maker as much as possible. Our staff will help clients assess their options, and make referrals for services, but we will not give advice. This is not only part of a trauma informed, client centered approach to mental health support, it is vital to individuals making choices to better their own lives!

how does your agency support families or individuals with a mental health diagnosis?

R Place provides mental health support, individual advocacy, a calendar of fun & therapeutic events offered, and socialization in a stigma free community for our clients.

How is your agency helping change the mental health landscape in Iowa?

R Place Peer Recovery Center is providing a welcoming community center for adults with mental illness. The way that R Place is changing the mental health landscape in Iowa by realizing that persons with mental illness function at various levels, and that diagnosis(es) do not take away one’s humanity

  • Recent accomplishments / accolades:

  • *Expanded hours to include Saturdays
    *Offered Trauma Informed Yoga class in addition to regular service hours
    *Added an Improvisational Comedy Class as a monthly feature
    *Has utilized 8 student interns, and two community volunteers
    *Has started offering WRAP with a trained facilitator *Has partnered with the Crisis Center of Johnson County to offer the Peer-led, empowerment oriented, Hearing Voices Special Messages Group