About us

IAPRSS is dedicated to advancing the peer recovery support profession through support, advocacy and education.

Peer recovery support is a vital component to the continuum of care. By providing support to the peer community through connecting peer recovery supports to each other, to up-to-date resources, best practices, professional development and more, as we strive to grow the peer recovery support profession. We will continue to advocate for peer recovery supports at the local, state and national level as a vital piece to a person’s chosen pathway of recovery. We provide education to the community and organizations on the efficacy of peer recovery supports. This includes providing consultative assistance to any recovery efforts that would like to identify how peer recovery supports can compliment their current recovery efforts. IAPRSS provides access and structure to the ever-growing continuing education of peer recovery support professionals. These benefits are open to all peer recovery supports, even those who are not members. Member benefits include access to employment opportunities, professional mentorship, discounted rates to continuing educational opportunities and much more.

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Vice President Education and Credentialing, Director – MHAI SWD Training Institute, 
Director – ICAADA, Director – IAPRSS

Justin identifies as a person in recovery from mental health and substance use issues and the justice system. He has a long standing business background prior to entering the behavioral health field where he has earned multiple peer support and treatment/clinical level credentials. Justin works alongside the behavioral health community to create, and strengthen, the behavioral health workforce and the organizations and communities that utilize their services. His dedication to education, support and advocacy with the ‘any positive change’ mentality to wellness allows all to feel included and supported. Justin continues to strive to support equitable access to resources and supports for all community members. Justins motivation is to see efforts advance, and sustain, equitable and stable resources and supports for all.

Deputy Director, Education and Credentialing

Karisa has worked in the behavioral health field for 12 years. She is drawn to this work in part due to her own journey of recovery from mental wellness challenges and other co-occurring issues. She is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a focus on Clinical Addictions Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Karisa enjoyed serving as an adjunct faculty member for Ivy Tech of Kokomo during 2020. The driving value behind Karisa and her work, either teaching, supervising, or providing direct client care, is that each are done with a person-centered, strengths-based mindset. Education, skill enhancement and credentialing are opportunities to practice a self-directed, positive change enhancing the intellectual, vocational, and financial dimensions of the overall wellness of individuals and the communities in which they live and work.

Outcomes Coordinator

Hana Tingle has gained experience in the field of public health through her professional background in service work, mentoring, and healthcare revenue cycle management. Hana holds a degree in Health Services Management from Indiana University – Indianapolis and has a deep passion for bridging the gap in health disparities to aid in improved health outcomes for all populations. Hana’s role centers around supporting initiatives related to conveying the outcomes of individuals engaged in specific ICAADA programs, as well as the overall success of these programs. With her combination of experience, passion, and an eagerness for continuous learning, she is adept at driving meaningful impact in her capacity as an Outcomes Coordinator.