Dr. Tawana Rowser-Brown
Tawana has worked in the addiction field for the past 20 years,
She's an expert in developing specialized curricula and founded TRB Connections, a 350-hour New York State OASAS-approved curriculum (# XXXX) for community groups who work with SUD individuals, and most recently XXXXX.
She also holds the following credentials: PhD, MSW, CASAC-MC.
Toby started his career in behavioral health in 2016. He currently holds a CASAC credential in New York, and has held clinical and leadership positions in New York serving all ages and a diverse array of populations over the past years. Following a path that led him through the criminal justice system and through a traditional therapeutic community, Toby quickly realized the limited amount of treatment and recovery training options for people in traditional Recovery, and for people who wish to define their recover in nontraditional ways. Inspired by his personal experience Toby’s personal mission has been to create training programs that support the diverse recovery pathways of each individual, create spaces to encourage health and wellness, and build on the value of belonging to community.
What do people in Recovery have in common?
Although they are at different points in the process of recovering from a substance use disorder, each is expressing a need for some form of social support to help them through the process. Equally important, each is also a potential source of social support for others.
On this website you will be introduced to various kinds of social support services designed to fill the needs of people in or seeking recovery. The services are called peer recovery support services and, as the word peer implies, they are designed and delivered by people who have experienced both substance use disorder and recovery.
Who pays for these services?
Some services are funded by non-profit organizations like us. Other services are funded through federal, state, and local government agencies. For example, both the NY State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA/CSAT) fund grant projects in NYC and across the country to develop and deliver these services.
The peer recovery support services/projects developed by OASAS and others help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. Because they are designed and delivered by peers who have been successful in the recovery process, they embody a powerful message of hope, as well as a wealth of experiential knowledge. The services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking to achieve or sustain recovery.