Is open to all community members 18 years of age and over, as a program of Goodwill—Redwood Empire. We offer support for self-directed mental health recovery, and wellness. We are peer managed and operated, in that our programs and services are provided by individuals with lived experience facing their own mental health challenges.
All of our services are offered free of charge.
Opened in 1996 through the efforts of a group of individuals with lived mental health experience along with other community advocates and partners concerned with the lack of peer managed and operated mental health services, Interlink Self-Help Center opened it’s doors! This peer managed and operated mental health self-help recovery program was founded on the principles of the Mental Health Self-Help Recovery Movement which advocates for meaningful involvement in every aspect of the mental health system from a “Nothing About Us Without Us” stance. With the knowledge that people can and do recover from psychiatric challenges, and with Hope, Self Determination, Choice, and Rights Protection in mind, Interlink was created to respond to multiple life needs, as a safe place that offers self-help, peer support, and empowerment opportunities to those of us dealing with emotional challenges and the stigma and discrimination that has traditionally accompanied and compounded such challenges.
Membership Council Representatives are elected by Interlink members via elections held at general membership meetings. The Council meets weekly, provides input and feed-back on our programs, services, and other issues affecting our community including activity and event planning, grievance resolution, and governance issues. Council members take turns co-facilitating our general membership meetings and process suggestions from our suggestion box.
" To build community by fostering growth and recovery through connection with mental health peers."
Initiated in 2010 by peers with the support of the peer community and peer staff at Interlink . PPRC was officially founded in January of 2012 by volunteers as the Petaluma Peer Recovery Project as it was called initially was an all volunteer effort until 2012 when MHB and BOS voted to allocate MHSA funding under GIRE contract to support PPRP.
Space was allocated at the SCBH Community Mental Health Center on McDowell Blvd. in Petaluma
In January 2017 PPRP moved with SCBH CMHC to the Health and Human Services Building at to 5350 Old Redwood Highway. As part of the move PPRP became known as Petaluma Peer Recovery Center.
Supported by Sonoma County Behavioral Health and operated by Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire, PPRC has strong relationships with the mental health community at large. PPRC is funded by the Mental Health Services Act and donations. Both members and staff of PPRC have experienced mental health challenges. The PPRC Community is dedicated to supporting one another through wellness, compassion, creativity, and humor.
Peer Support is a cornerstone of the mental health self-help recovery movement. Peer support creates space for individuals exploring their mental health and mental health challenges to support and connect with one another through creativity, communication, and mutual growth.
PPRC offers many different services to our members including one-on-one peer support, creativity and craft events, help with resource navigation, and a variety of support groups.
PPRC membership is free.
The Russian River Empowerment Center is now officially at their new location in Monte Rio! Our new location is 9925 Main Street, Monte Rio. Temporary hours are Monday and Wednesday, 11:30 am-4:30 pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 pm-4:30pm.
We are sorry, but NO pets allowed.
“To provide a safe place for people chronically challenged by behavioral health issues to work on their mental health recovery.”
The Empowerment Center is a peer-operated, self-help center sponsored by WCCS for people with chronic mental health challenges. Our activities are provided by our members, peer-staff members and volunteers from the community. We share what we have learned during our own individual journeys to mental health recovery. As peer members, we bring information and experiences to help support one another in addressing our mental health challenges.
We facilitate groups that provide opportunities to learn about and discuss a certain topic and to learn and build skills in a particular area of mental wellness. Activities provide an opportunity for Members to work on a creative project as a part of a group.
Our workshops are offered in a series of specified sessions in which our members have the opportunity to learn in depth about a particular area of mental health and to gain information and resources to utilize for their recovery.
Who We Serve
Membership at the Russian River Empowerment Center is open to adults in West Sonoma County, ages 18+, who identify themselves as someone who has had a long-term struggle with the quality of their life due to emotional or behavioral challenges.
Consumer Forum 2005
CAC Formed July 2016 - Oct 3, 2006
Many of the members of this council are still part of the consumer movement in Sonoma County to this day...