FHR Rhode Island welcomes Peer Wellness Coach

Published 09/19/2012

Thomas Krolewski becomes first ever Peer Wellness Coach at FHR

Pawtucket, RI – September 19, 2012 – A new initiative designed to introduce behavioral healthcare providers to the benefits of Peer Recovery Services sanctions a new level of peer to peer empowerment at FHR (Fellowship Health Resources).

Although FHR has implemented Peer Recovery Services in its programs for quite some time, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) is providing funds to introduce Peer Wellness Coaches to organizations across the State of Rhode Island.

Thomas Krolewski joins FHR as the first-ever Peer Wellness Coach out of the Rhode Island Regional Office, initiating this brand new internship program provided by the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH).

“Peer Wellness Coaches are also Peer Specialists,” says FHR Director of Peer Recovery Services Bob Rousseau. “They are persons served living with a psychiatric disorder who have achieved and maintain good recovery. They are trained and certified by the state to recognize the stages of mental health recovery, use their own lived experience as motivation, and support those still working towards their own form of recovery.”

Rousseau explains, “The medical and wellness aspects of support and assistance that Peer Wellness Coaches offer are what make them unique. A Peer Wellness Coach is someone who is trained to offer support and assistance in both psychiatric and medical challenges. Wellness Coaches support the mission of peer-to-peer empowerment within FHR’s Department of Peer Recovery Services.”

By setting goals and working together one-on-one, individualized treatment plans for all aspects of the individual’s well-being are created.

For more information about Peer Recovery Services at FHR, please contact Bob Rousseau at 774-634-7976.