This year’s symposium is a call to action to fight against the growing opioid crisis in our barrio. The focus of this year’s symposium, entitled “¿Que está pasando Philly? A Trauma-Informed Call for Action to Fight the Opioid Crisis”, will present an opportunity to continue the conversation about the socio-economic problems around Gurney Street, the impact of Air-Bridge, the behavioral and emotional impacts, and the increasing amount of overdoses and lives lost in Philadelphia. The recent Gurney Street Project and the Mayor’s Task Force around the Opioid crisis focusing on ridding our city of this rising epidemic are beginning to counter the debilitating impact that this epidemic has on our city but, is this where the buck stops?
Featuring a panel discussion with MHP program manager Evan Figueroa-Vargas:
Panel Discussion: that Moment When Everything Changed & Why: The Peer Specialist Perspective on the Opioid Crisis - Ramon Cruz, DBHIDS/Peer Inclusion & Evan Figueroa-Vargas, Mental Health Partnerships
The presentation will be focused on the importance of a Peer Specialist in the community. The perspective in the moment or the words that changed our life throughout therapy. Peer Specialist have the lived-experience that someone with co-occurring issues wants to hear and acknowledge as their support…there is a level of trust and understanding. Peer Specialists inspire hope and healing within the community by displaying that recovery is possible. Due to the stigma that is associated with addiction, the fact that a person with lived-experience can display hope through their recovery within the community is just part of the conversation. This presentation will also be focused on the important role a Peer Specialist plays as a support to help social workers, counselors, and case managers.