A.B.L.E. Teams provide support through peers that are trained facilitators in helping individuals develop teams. For example, an individual in our community may have a need for additional support. Our facilitators will meet with them to help develop a community based team.The team is made up of people chosen by that individual and would like to have work with them throughout the year. The team member helps them develop a plan and supports in implementing the plan. For example, it could be anything from going back to school to learning to skydive. Anything that person wants to accomplish that year, their team supports them in it. With A.B.L.E. Teams all things are possible.
A.B.L.E Teams is a nationally recognized peer-to-peer program that assists individuals coping with mental health challenges in creating a community-based support team. Teams are led by peer facilitators who support individuals in creating a person-centered plan that identifies the individual’s strengths, needs and goals for wellness and recovery.
A.B.L.E. teams promote recovery through supporting individuals in reaching identified goals, providing personal support and promoting increased involvement in desired activities. Team members do a wide range of activities together which may include: in person and phone support, help with navigating various systems, taking on new challenges, or just having fun.
The A.B.L.E. Teams Process:
- Promotes self determination, respect and empowerment
- Is self-directed, meaning the individual is the decision maker
- The individual determines who they would like as team members
- Trained Peer facilitators lead team meetings
- The individual, with support from their team, designs a unique Person-Centered Plan
- Plans are strengths-based and focus on life goals not treatment goals
- Meetings are held in the community
- A.B.L.E. Teams \ Facilitators provide unconditional support
A.B.L.E. Teams is being utilized as a model for the Peer Bridger Project for individuals transitioning from the Oregon State Hospital.