Afiya Peer Respite Center

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Afiya (pronounced a-FEE-yah) is one of about a dozen peer-run respite centers in the United States and the only one in Massachusetts. Afiya–a Swahili word for spiritual, physical, and emotional health and wholeness– provides alternatives to psychiatric hospitalization and other more invasive or disruptive treatments.