This partnership places a Peer Support Worker trained by Stella’s Place into the emergency department at Mount Sinai Hospital. The Peer Support Workers are able to offer help from a place of understanding for young people coming into emergency in distress.
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The Peer Support Worker helps young adults gain access to vital community resources. They also provide coping strategies for dealing with the stress of the emergency department and helps them to feel less alone.
Pictured here is Mahalia, the RBC Pathway To Peer Worker, Dr. Organek and Dr. Prucnal of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Emergency Department team who referred the 100th patient. Taken in August, 2020.
In May 2021, we celebrated one year of this one-of-a-kind program with Mount Sinai Hospital.
“[The RBC Pathway to Peers Program] is a wonderful example of an academic Health Science center partnering with a community partner to provide service to a pressing need within the community that neither one really can help address on their own.”
–Dr. Bjug Borgundvaag, Director of the (SREMI) at Sinai Health System & Project Lead
“It has become increasingly clear that more support is needed for young adults who are experiencing mental health and substance use challenges and with this program, we’re able to provide that support.”
–Yolanda Delmonte, Peer Support Worker