"Ask Me Anything" Employment Series
National Resource Center on Employment
You’re invited to ask an expert about coping with mental health conditions that interfere with work.
On Wednesday, September 19th, 2018, from 2:00-3:00 PM ET, LaVerne Miller, via webinar, will answer any questions you have related to helping programs to improve recruiting, hiring, integrating, and advancing peer staff and preparing and hiring peers, particularly justice-involved peers to work in criminal justice settings.
This free, online event is not a presentation but an interactive question & answer webinar.
Regardless of whether you are a person living with a mental health condition, a family member, an administrator of a service, a provider, a researcher — you can use the time to ask anything related to benefits and employment to our guest expert.
For example, you could ask about:
Does your program provide services to peers with a history of involvement with the criminal justice system?
What recruitment and hiring practices do you use to recruit qualified staff who have criminal justice histories?
What challenges have you experienced in recruiting justice involved peer staff?
What concerns do you have about hiring peer staff with histories of involvement with the criminal justice system?
What policy changes is your organization prepared to make to increase the recruitment and hiring of peer staff?
LaVerne Miller, Senior Project Associate, Policy Research Associates, Inc.
LaVerne Miller, BA, JD has over 20 years of leadership experience in transforming behavioral health systems and integrating individuals with lived experience into program planning, implementation, service delivery, and evaluation. She leads peer-focused activities at SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation. Ms. Miller provides TA to programs to improve recruiting, hiring, integrating, and advancing peer staff. She has also provided TA to mental health transformation projects, including programs with peer staff providing evidence-based practices, such as Supported Employment, Supportive Housing, Supported Education, Critical Time Intervention, and Trauma-Informed Care. Ms. Miller is the former director of the internationally recognized Howie the Harp Peer Advocacy Center in New York. In this role, she developed the first training program to prepare justice-involved peers to work in criminal justice settings. She developed curricula and an internship program to prepare graduates to work in human services as peers and other roles. A member of the New York State Bar, Ms. Miller has worked as Assistant District Attorney in New York County and as an attorney and community organizer with Jamaica Housing Improvement.