Justin Schumacher, PWS
Peer Support Specialist for OHSU’s IMPACT Team
Justin comes to MHAAO with a background in Retail Management. His passion was in team building, customer service and developing others. In July of 2017, Justin’s health declined rapidly landing him in the hospital with multiple organ failure. His years of substance abuse as a way to deal with his anxiety and depression came to a head. He spent the next five months in and out of hospitals hoping to make in on a transplant list. After a denial at a local hospital, he was accepted into a program in Seattle that took newly sober patients.
Justin’s experience has given him a deep understanding of the importance of self-care, mental health care professional support, and the opportunity at a second chance. He is newly certified as a Peer Wellness Specialist and is working towards his CADC I. He brings to the team a passion for people and story of hope.