Peer Run Respite - Rhonda’s House

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Rhonda’s House (Iowa’s Only Peer-run Respite Center) provides a safe and welcoming environment for individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis and who voluntarily choose temporary respite services to restore well-being and the ability to manage their lives. Rhonda’s House is an alternative to the more restrictive care of a locked psychiatric hospital facility.

At Rhonda’s House, residents receive recovery support from trained and caring peer staff members who have also experienced mental health challenges and who can share successful strategies for regaining and maintaining wellness. The United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recognized peer-delivered respite services for individuals experiencing a psychiatric crisis as an evidence-based practice.

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Rhonda’s House is located on the grounds of Genesis Hospital in Dewitt, IA. Rhonda’s House was named for Rhonda Shouse, a legendary advocate for Iowans with disabilities who passed away in 2017. The peer-run respite center opened its doors on October 15, 2018 and is operated 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

How to Request Services: The individual can be refereed to Rhonda's House by having them call 563-659-1171. Individuals must call ahead for reservations and to go through our screening process.

Location: Dewitt, Iowa 52742