Agenda - Peer Specialist Panel: A Peer Specialist is a person who has not only lived the experience of mental illness, but also has had formal training in the peer specialist model of mental health and substance use supports. They use their unique set of recovery experiences in combination with solid skills training to support peers who have mental illness and/or substance use challenges. Wisconsin has approximately 500 certified Peer Specialists, and a significant number are currently working in La Crosse County in many different capacities.
A panel of five (5) Peer Specialists with different roles who work in La Crosse County will share a bit about what led them to choosing to do this type of work, and talk about what they are doing today as part of the workforce in the community to help individuals facing challenges with mental health and/or substance use. Panel members include: Erica Moutsopoulos (Independent Living Resources, Inc. - RAVE Drop-in Center), Nick Piojda (Tellurian, Inc. -CARE Center crisis diversion facility), Katie Kress (Independent Living Resources, Inc. - state-wide coordinator for Peer run drop-in centers), Kimberly Richards-Marquez (Family & Children’s Center - Community Support Program, and Sara Honadel (Independent Living Resources, Inc. -works with youth).