VIRTUAL TOWN HALL: PEER WASHINGTON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Join us at our August Virtual Town Hall event happening via Zoom!
TOPIC: The Impacts of COVID-19 on those in recovery & Peer Support as a solution to Behavioral Health Challenges.
Substance use and mental illness are occurrences that certainly exist in the population of those experiencing homelessness, but are often unfairly conflated with the experience of homelessness itself. Whether or not substance use or mental illness is the result or homelessness or the cause of it for some people is besides the point. All people deserve compassion and support. And those who experience behavioral health challenges often need an additional level of support.
At our August Town Hall, Joshua Wallace will lead us in a discussion on behavioral health in the time of COVID-19, where social isolation and access to recovery support has been dramatically impacted. Sharing his personal experience in recovery from co-occurring challenges, Joshua Wallace will explore the current trends of behavioral health during this time and discuss the solutions offered through Peer supportive services – building a community of those in recovery who can support one another.
Joshua Wallace, CEO & President at Peer Washington:
Joshua became a member of Peer Seattle in 2005, started volunteering in 2008, joined as staff in 2009 and took over as executive director in 2011. Josh is a co-founder of the Washington Recovery Alliance, King County Recovery Coalition and Washington Peer Advancement Coalition. He currently serves on the King County Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Advisory Committee and co-chairs the Washington Behavioral Health Advisory Council. In his spare time, Joshua provides peer services consulting internationally on program development, evaluation, and training. Josh is a fierce advocate for peer services in Washington state because he knows firsthand the incredible impact that a community of peers connected by shared experience makes on increasing the success of long term recovery.