We offer a variety of educational services and training geared towards people in recovery, behavioral health providers, organizations, schools, and communities in becoming more recovery-oriented and culturally responsive.
Staff at PRCH has expertise in a variety of areas, and are available to speak on the following:
- Assessing your system’s recovery orientation, contact Maria O'Connell, PhD
- Person-centered recovery planning, contact Janis Tondora, PsyD
- Cultural Humility and Structural Competency in a Recovery-oriented system of care, contact Maria Restrepo-Toro, Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, and Elizabeth Flanagan.
- Systems Transformation: Moving toward a Recovery-Oriented System, contact Janis Tondora, PsyD
- Qualitative Research on Recovery, contact Larry Davidson, PhD., Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, and Michael Rowe, PhD
- Cultural competence: Administrative strategies for effective leadership, contact Maria Restrepo-Toro, Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, and Elizabeth Flanagan.
- Courageous Conversations, contact Maria Restrepo-Toro.
- Implementation of Peer Support in the Behavioral and Health Workforce, contact Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, and Maria Restrepo-Toro.
- Peer Support Training, contact Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, and Maria Restrepo-Toro.
- Forensic Peer Support, contact Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, and Daryl McGraw.
- Health Navigation Training, contact Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, and Maria Restrepo-Toro.
- Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) Training, contact Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, and Miraj Desai.
- Relationships and process in peer-based treatment, contact Dave Sells, PhD
- Violent victimization of persons with co-occuring disorders, contact Dave Sells, PhD
- DSM, Classification, Diagnosis and the relationship to stigma, contact Elizabeth Flanagan, PhD
- Research and Evaluation, contact Miriam Delphin, PhD
- Psychiatric Advance Directives, contact Maria O'Connell, PhD
- Citizens Oriented Care Training, contact Daniel Rowe.
- Citizens Project Training, contact Patricia Benedict.
- Financial Health Training, contact Annie Harper
- Community Organizing in the Mental Health, contact Billy Bromage
Lived Experience Transformational Leadership Institute (LET(s)LEAD) Fellows
Allen D. Sweatt
Allen D. Sweatt is a Military Veteran Certified as a Peer Specialist and a Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist in the State of Maryland. Allen has served on three Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Teams, Pathways to Housing DC, Anchor Mental Health of Catholic Charities and as a Peer Counselor with People Encouraging People, Inc. He has also been employed as Recovery Coach / Peer Counselor at the Prince George’s County Health Department, Behavioral Health Division primarily engaging individuals using medicated assisted treatment. Allen established Peer Services United LLC, January, 2016, in an effort to provide peer support in the community of Prince George’s County, Maryland as an independent entity. Allen is a graduate from Bowie State University with a BS in Communication Media and an Associate of Science in Human Service from The Catholic University of America. He is also a member of NAMI, as an In Our Own Voice (IOOV) Presenter, a Co-Facilitator of NAMI Connections group and a Peer to Peer Education Course Mentor. He also is a Veteran Mentor with the Prince George’s County Veterans Diversion Court. Allen is currently attending the University of Maryland School Of Social Work.
Steven Jackson was born and raised in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia where he spent his youth learning how to love and honor all others. His father worked as a teacher for most of his childhood and gave him an intense understanding of discipline and the need for justice. His mother worked in insurance and was a part-time organizer, and gave him an absolute commitment to love and community. For his Middle and High School years he followed his Father to Germantown Academy in Fort Washington where he graduated in 2004. After receiving his BA from Maryland in American Studies in 2008, his MPH from Drexel University in 2014, and working in the non-profit sector for a decade doing youth leadership development work, Steve says taking this next step for empowerment and entrepreneurship with Let(s) Lead feels like fate. He believes that he is absolutely ready to find new levels of strength within himself and use it to build up all those that join him. He believes that working for this empowerment movement requires that we have real conversations about intersectionality especially of culture, technology, and leadership. He sees a need to invest at those meeting points and do the hard work of supporting collaboration between the many groups that make up the leadership fabric of those respective communities.
Claire Bien, M.Ed. is a writer, grant writer, and community relations professional at The Connection, a nonprofit human services agency in Connecticut. She is also a voice hearer who, thanks to compassionate therapy, meaningful work, and the support of family and friends, learned to challenge her demons and negotiate the conditions that allowed her to regain control over her mind and life without the need for ongoing medication management. Claire kept silence about her psychiatric history for 26 years. She began speaking out in 2009, after a work-related assignment led to her becoming a founding member of the board of the New Haven affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Claire continues her NAMI involvement as a state trainer for the NAMI Provider Education program, an In Our Own Voice presenter, and member of NAMI Connecticut’s Public Policy committee. Claire is also a trained Hearing Voices Network (HVN) support group facilitator and co-facilitates two HVN support groups—one for adults at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and one for adolescents in the New Haven community. Since 2009, Claire has become a passionate advocate for mental health reform, calling for a change in the medical-psychiatric profession’s approach to diagnosis and treatment of people with mental health conditions. Her memoir, Hearing Voices, Living Fully: Living with the Voices in my Head, was published in June 2016.
Brandee Izquierdo As a person with lived experience, I have encountered systems that have failed to address the necessary components to live a life of wellness. These failures, although not intentional, have given me a purpose and that purpose is to contribute to systematic change at a macro level. However, in order to do so, one must stay connected to the communities that are affected. This connection avails a true leader, a leader who not only leads by example but also lifts others to lead. As an emerging leader, I share my experiences, whether they be failures or successes, and assist others in finding their voice within the peer movement. Furthermore, I stay connected to those I serve, empowering and encouraging them to find their passion and purpose in life. Sometimes, that means stepping back and at other times stepping up, understanding and accepting my weaknesses and strengths, and striving to reach my full potential. Yet, this full potential includes remaining teachable. Remaining teachable affords me the opportunity to continue seeking the knowledge and experiences of others. Therefore, becoming a part of the Yale University Lived Experience Transformational Leadership Institute will not only be a beneficial experience but an experience that I would be honored to be a part of. Learning from others, embarking on new relationships, and developing ongoing mentorships through the initiative will continue to fuel my passion for the work I do and will provide me with the skills to continue lifting others.
Emily Wu Truong
Emily Wu Truong is an award-winning motivational speaker in Los Angeles, who works tirelessly to address the misconceptions of individuals who struggle with mental illness. As a suicide-attempt survivor diagnosed with depression and anxiety, she transformed her adversities into wisdom, inspiring others to face their fears and find value in their own life struggles. As a mental advocate, she uses her voice to advocate for children in communities of color whose voices are often under-represented. She also collaborates with other organizations to create safe spaces to encourage informative discussions on equipping community advocates with the resources they need to improve the quality of life in their communities. In recognition of Emily's efforts, Senator Ed Hernandez honored Emily with the 2015 Woman of Achievement Award, and the following year, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano invited her to be a guest speaker before an audience of leaders in school administration and mental health care. Most recently, Emily spearheaded the establishment of May 10th being recognized as "Asian Pacific American Mental Health Day" in Los Angeles County. In honor of this day, Supervisors Hilda Solis & Janice Hahn recognized Emily for her grassroots efforts in highlighting the struggles & resilience of the Asian Pacific American communities. Emily has become a role model for many, delivering her message that with help, there IS hope, and that helplessness is NOT hopelessness.
Annette Diaz is a Latina advocate & Recovery Support Specialist who has been in long term recovery since 2007 from Mental Health, Trauma, and Substance Abuse. She works at one of the largest behavioral health networks known as Community Health Resources and holds a position as Connecticut’s first Peer Coordinator which she purposed to her agency; due to there being a need for the culture of recovery being understood through the lens of someone that has been through the behavioral health system, DOC, homelessness, poverty, in emotional distress. That way the people being served can have a better chance of seeing that Recovery is Possible. I am a person that believes that when Recovery is understood and embraced that people will have a chance to transform their lives. My long term mission is to have persons with lived experience be part of the workforce throughout the whole behavioral health system. So that People receiving services or experiencing emotional distress can be resilient and bounce back into being part of the community.