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    Compeer in NREPP

    Coastal Behavioral Healthcare (Coastal) is pleased to announce that the Compeer friendship program, recently added to the services Coastal offers in Sarasota and Manatee counties, has met the stringent requirements for inclusion in the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).  The Compeer program was founded more than 40 years ago in Rochester, NY by Longboat Key winter resident, Bernice W. Skirboll, who serves as the Chair of the Advisory Board of Coastal’s affiliate program in Sarasota. 


    The National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online database of mental health and substance abuse programs that have been rated for the quality of research that supports intervention outcomes and for the availability of training and implementation materials. The purpose of NREPP is to help the public learn more about evidence-based mental health and substance abuse programs and determine which of these may best meet their needs.


    “Compeer has brought healing friendships to thousands of people around the world,” said program founder, Bernice Skirboll.  “The inclusion of our model in the NREPP supports our efforts to improve the lives of individuals and families living with mental illness.”


    Compeer is guided by a simple premise validated by research – that the support of friends is healing. Compeer matches community volunteers with individuals who are receiving mental health services from community mental health providers or through private practitioners. Volunteers provide the gift of friendship for one hour per week by engaging individuals in fun, social and leisure activities.  The Compeer Model is used by 53 affiliates in the United States, Australia and Canada and is adaptable to meet the needs of various communities and different demographics.


    To volunteer and bring the gift of friendship to someone in need in Sarasota or Manatee counties, contact Lynn Buehler at Coastal Behavioral Healthcare at (941) 927‐8900, extension 1126. To learn more about the internationally established Compeer model, visit www.compeer.org.