They'll be your guide, mentor, and a friend when the going gets tough. They're called Peer Support Specialists and they're a valuable resource to the Judiciary of Guam's therapeutic courts.
They've been there, done that. Now, they can use their experiences to help others, just like them. "They're people who've come through the program and they've come through their own addiction backgrounds," said Robyn Priest. "They're just wanting to give back and share with people who might still be struggling and haven't worked out how they can have the life of their dreams."
Office of Consumer Engagement Coordinator LaKeesha Dumas (left) with Tonya Jones (right), a local figure in the peer community.
As an Office of Consumer Engagement Coordinator, part of my role is to raise awareness about the excellent work being done in our community involving people with lived experience. For this month's newsletter, I decided to interview someone who's making a positive impact on people involved with the criminal justice system. Her name is Tonya Jones.
Mental Health Association of Oregon has been in existence in various capacities since the 1970s. MHAO is currently a 501(c)(3) organization, with more than 35 years of experience as a consumer-run advocacy, education and networking organization.
MHAO is an inclusive grassroots organization of persons dedicated to empowering consumer/peer voice and recovery through services, education, and policies that foster wellness and full participation in the community.
Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) is Oregon’s designated Protection & Advocacy (P&A) System. DRO works to uphold the legal rights of people with disabilities. DRO promotes Opportunity, Access and Choice for individuals with disabilities. We assist with legal problems directly related to disabilities.
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