FHR implements Peer Support Whole Health and Resiliency

Published 11/08/2011

Peer Recovery Support Services expand at Fellowship Health Resources, Inc.

New Bedford, MA – November 8, 2011 – Fellowship Health Resources, Inc. (FHR) is expanding its peer recovery services in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

Northeast FHR Director of Peer Recovery Services Bob Rousseau attended a statewide Peer Whole Health Program training in Boston, MA, earlier this month. Rousseau was one of 30 Certified Peer Specialists selected to participate in this initiative. “This statewide steering committee is creating what will be called the Peer Support Whole Health and Resiliency Program in Massachusetts,” Rousseau says. “The committee members bring knowledge as Peer Specialists to a group looking to expand peer recovery support services in other health fields.”

FHR President/CEO Joe Dziobek believes that the expansion of peer recovery support services is vital for all persons served, in particular those with co-occurring disorders and physical health issues. “Evidence-based results clearly demonstrate the positive health outcomes resulting from the implementation of peer support services for a variety of individuals,” Dziobek says. “FHR utilizes Peer Specialists because they are essential to the successful management of an individual’s overall health and well-being.”

Staff members will actively promote the emphasis on integrated whole health services within FHR’s available peer services. “It’s an exciting time for peer workers,” Rousseau says. “Services will include chronic illness self-management, whole health and wellness promotion, relapse prevention, life-skills coaching, and insurance and/or health system navigation.”

For more information about the Peer Support Whole Health and Resiliency Program in Massachusetts, contact Bob Rousseau at 774-634-7976.