2019 ARHE/ARS/AAPG Conference Schedule

2019 ARHE/ARS/AAPG Conference Schedule

Shauntelle Hammonds, CPRS, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rams in Recovery, Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Shauntelle Hammonds is a Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS), a Peer Recovery Coach and a person in recovery. She was introduced to alcohol and other substances in her [pre-teen/early teen] years, developed a serious substance use disorder, dropped out of school, and became homeless. Through participation in mutual aid groups, she began her recovery process. she got her GED, worked hard to support herself and continued to attend and actively participate in mutual aid meetings.
In August 2017, Shauntelle became the manager of a Recovery House in Richmond, and since October 2017, she has served as an AmeriCorps member with the Richmond Healthy Futures Project at the VCU Rams in Recovery (RIR) site. In this role, she has served as a one-on-one and group mentor and coach for students in recovery and has created content for and facilitated recovery group meetings at the Richmond City Justice Center, VCU’s outpatient MOTIVATE Clinic (which provides medication assisted treatment for patients seeking recovery from opioid addiction), and RIR. In addition to her PRSS certification, Shauntelle has completed SMART Recovery facilitator training as well as training to become a naloxone lay rescue trainer. She regularly trains groups in the use of the life-saving drug, Naloxone, organizes recovery-focused informational events for prospective students, and shares her recovery story to attendees at RIR’s Recovery Ally trainings. Respectful of all pathways to recovery, Shauntelle is also currently attending J. Sargent Reynolds Community College where she is working towards her Certified Substance Abuse Counselor designation and plans to apply to VCU to pursue a bachelor’s degree.