Blackbird House - A Peer-Run Respite Home for Adults

Behavioral Health Services





Mission Statement

To offer a strengths-based, peer-run respite program for Santa Clara County adults that avoids unnecessary hospitalizations and empowers adults to move toward improved wellness, resilience, and independence.

Program Description 

Blackbird Peer Respite is a voluntary, short-term, peer-run service that provides non-clinical crisis support to help people find new understanding and ways to move forward with their recovery. Guests can stay for up to 14 days.

Blackbird House operates 24 hours per day in a homelike environment.

During their stays, guests have time, space, and support to turn what could be a crisis into a time of learning and growth. Guests may choose to participate in groups and wellness activities, and to get connected with local resources.

The service is run by peers who have “been there” and who have completed extensive training to support the wellness of guests.

Blackbird House is located in San Jose and is accessible by public transportation. Guests will receive location details when scheduling their stays.

Guests self-refer for this voluntary program.

Program Eligibility Requirements, Guests must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a resident of Santa Clara County
  • Guests must be either enrolled in Medi-Cal, be eligible for Medi-Cal, or have no health insurance
  • Self-identify as experiencing mental health concerns or distress that do not meet requirements for inpatient hospitalization
  • Have an identified place of residence to stay in Santa Clara County at the time of intake (which may include a shelter)
  • Able to manage medical needs independently
  • Voluntarily agree to engage in services
  • Not in need of detox or immediate medical attention
  • Can function in communal environment independently

Blackbird Staff are Trained in...

  • Intentional Peer Support (IPS)
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®)
  • Cultural Competency

For more information or to arrange a stay, please contact us by phone: 1-408-292-2777 or email: [email protected]

Blackbird House opened in December 2018​ and is for people of all genders and sexual orientations. An advisory group will be established soon. The respite program is funded by the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services Department​ (BHSD) and is part of the Whole Person Care Initiative.

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Behavioral Health Services


Blackbird House Community Outreach Materials

Peer Respite Handbook (c) 2018

Guidebook for Peer Respite Self-Evaluation 05/2017

Toolkit for Evaluating Peer Respites 11/2014




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