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This community of practice will center on people with the lived experience of attempting to die by suicide. It will include conversation about how employers may respond when people with this lived experience choose to disclose, how comfort with sharing this experience can lead to deeper connection in peer support services, and why it’s important to center this lived experience in the development of crisis service systems.

Facilitator: Kirill Staklo


Jessi Davis (she/they) is an experienced Program Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the Peer Support, Mental Health, and Substance Use Recovery fields. Jessi is known for work surrounding Youth and Young Adult Peer Support training, technical assistance, and leadership. Their qualifications include: Mental Health Peer Specialist, Recovery Support Peer Specialist, Peer Recovery Support Specialist - Transitional Aged Youth, and Digital Peer Support certifications. Currently working at the South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, Jessi works to provide support, technical assistance, and training to the peer workforce throughout the 5 states and all tribal communities within Region 6. They have spent much of their career focused on Youth and Young Adult Peer Support and are currently the President of the National Association of Peer Supporters.


This community of practice will focus on best practices for hiring peer recovery support specialists with a focus on common lived experience requirements. It will include discussion about the importance of centering peer values in setting these requirements, the impact they have on workforce development, and an exploration of why employers feel these are necessary.

Facilitator: Achara Consulting


This event has passed, but you can find the recordings and handouts in our Product Library.

Session Description:

Every nonprofit organization works from a budget, but some are more efficient than others. In these sessions, participants will acquire skills to apply in their management role to successfully budget.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the importance of effective budgeting
  • Discuss various ways nonprofits cover administrative expenses
  • Explore tips in budgeting quickly and easily
  • Apply learning in creating a sample budget

Facilitators: Amy Brinkley, CRS/CHW, CAPRCII & John Mark Froiland, PhD


  • June 6th
  • June 20th

Register once to attend both sessions.


What does bodily autonomy mean in peer work? How can harm reduction approaches in both substance use and mental health peer support policy empower peer specialists to uphold peer ethics, avoid moral injury and burnout, and honor the choices of the people they serve? Hear from recovery services peer leader Daniel Hatcher and suicidologist Kirill Staklo about practical ways agencies can build bold and powerful policies that stand on the foundational peer support values of self-determination and freedom of choice.

Please note that this event is a part of a series that is currently full and no longer accepting registrations. We will be running the series again, so keep an eye out for the application later this fall!


Nze Okoronta is the Peer Services Manager for Solstice House, a peer run respite and Warmline operated by SOAR Case Management, a small nonprofit organization in Madison, WI with the mission of serving individuals who have experienced mental health and/or substance use challenges. Nze became a Certified Peer Specialist in Wisconsin in April of 2021, and a Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist Trainer in August of 2021. Nze began her journey in peer support while working as a program specialist for a behavioral health organization in Madison, WI. She earned a certificate in substance use counseling and was given an opportunity to work within a culturally responsive program serving individuals of Black/African descent. Prior to peer support, Nze contributed by providing service as the Intake Coordinator for Journey Mental Health's UJIMA Program and the Sun Prairie Programs Coordinator for Porchlight, Inc. She also has experience in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultation and program development. Nze is passionate about peer support in Wisconsin and views peer support work as a fundamentally restorative practice. She believes peer work has the power to reduce and prevent systemic harm, support marginalized communities in a more complete way, and bring radical acceptance to the forefront of mental health and substance use care. In her personal time, Nze loves to read, write, create art and spend time in nature.


Following the listening session, How do we support and grow the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Recovery Community?, the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence, in partnership with Communities for Recovery, is hosting monthly virtual networking space to continue the conversation. Our hope is to gather community stakeholders - members of the DHH community in or seeking recovery, DHH peer recovery support workers, professionals serving the DHH recovery community, and leaders interested in growing the infrastructure and support for the DHH peer recovery specialist workforce - to discuss what is working and identifying potential solutions to the barriers the DHH peer workforce is facing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and nurture networking within the DHH recovery community
  • Explore strengths and identify barriers for DHH peer recovery professionals
  • Discover strategies to develop the DHH peer recovery workforce

In this community dialogue we’ll host a roundtable of movement leaders who have played historic roles in the peer movement alongside those who are currently making their mark. We’ll discuss the importance of understanding and honoring movement history, intentionally making space for and inviting in new voices, and how we can build coalitions in order to continue pushing the peer movement forward.


Movement Elders: Keris Myrick, Jonathan Edwards, and Dr. Chyrell Bellamy

Young Leaders: Jessi Davis, Tim Saubers, and Colin Cash

Moderator: Nze Okoronta


This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of key concepts and language for understanding and discussing TGNCNB issues. This will include explorations of gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, transgender / cisgender identities, and more. These concepts will be shared through a lens that is intentionally conscious and inclusive of the intersecting histories of colonization, white supremacy, anti-Blackness, and the ways in which these forces continue to shape contemporary understandings. This workshop will also dive into gender pronouns, their importance, and provide space for folks to ask questions and try (and fail) in a supportive environment. The goal for this first workshop is to lay the groundwork that will allow attendees to move forward into more complex discussions of the challenges faced by TGNCNB individuals by providing language and frameworks to build upon.

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Funding for this initiative was made possible by grant no. 1H79TI083022 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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