For descriptions of ongoing weekly support groups, please see calendar.


YOU are invited to our Weekly Community Garden Work Days each Friday:

A garden currently grows squash and tomatoes on the five acres, along  with grapes and several fruit trees including apples, asian pears, and  plums. Gardening is recognized as a way to instill wellness in  individuals facing mental health challenges, and those of us who love  growing things know how wonderful it is to garden. Gardening is  beneficial for our bodies, minds, hearts and spirits. We encourage  community members to join us in maintaining our beautiful garden at Spirit Center.

Outreach to Emergency Department Program

In our Emergency Department Program program which, began in early 2013 Trained peer supporters  from SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center offer direct, immediate support  to people in mental health crisis at the Emergency Department of Sierra  Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH-ED) and the Crisis Stabilization Unit located out side the ED.
This program places trained peer supporters at the SNMH –ED and CSU,  working with the Crisis Team and CSU workers from Nevada County Behavioral Health, in  coordination with the hospital. Crisis Peers will be available on call  daily from 12 PM to 10 PM. Peer supporters will also provide follow up  phone calls to assist people as they connect with community services and  hope to avoid a repeat visit to the ED.
This program, funded by the California state Mental Health Services  Act (MHSA, Prop 63), gained final approval by the Nevada County Board of  Supervisors on December 11, 2012, after an extended process of review by  a variety of community groups.

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

This is an evidence base program that helps folks get well and stay well. It has a daily maintenance plan, ways to identify triggers and when things maybe getting worse with their mental health.