People First Fall 2017
Peer Support Offers New Hope for People with Mental Health Conditions and Criminal Justice Histories - By Elisa Ludwig
Some programs in Pennsylvania provide forensic peer support, in which peer supporters have a history of mental health challenges and, ideally, also have lived experience with the criminal justice system. These programs can be powerfully effective in helping individuals return to life in the community after time spent in jail or prison.
Supported Education Helps Students in Recovery Earn Academic Degrees and Pursue Career Goals - By Elisa Ludwig
Supported education is a critically important set of services to help students succeed in post-secondary schools, from vocational training through graduate programs.
Life with a Semicolon - By Joyce Snyder
“Two years ago, at the age of 47, I got my first tattoo: a green semicolon on the inside of my forearm...A semicolon is used when an author could have ended a sentence but instead chose not to. I am the author, and the sentence is my life.”