Speaking: 10/23/2019 1:15 PM
Justin Volpe is a certified recovery peer support specialist working with the 11th Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project, Jail Diversion Program since 2008.
As a successful graduate of the program, Volpe has firsthand knowledge of the importance of ensuring the availability of timely, high quality behavioral health treatment services in the community.
Volpe experienced a series of psychiatric health care crises prior to becoming a peer specialist. Those crises led to a period of unstable living conditions, the disruption of his family and social supports, and a brief involvement in the justice system.
He soon became engaged in treatment and support services in his community. Today, he enjoys a full and productive life in recovery, serving as an inspiration and role model for others.
Volpe also has served as a national consultant since 2011, and has travelled the country sharing his message of hope and inspiration.
He has helped train more than 2,500 crisis intervention team officers in Miami Dade County since 2008 and assisted in getting more than 1,000 people out of jail.
Volpe’s experiences reinforce the importance of ensuring people have access to care when and where they need it, as well as the unfortunate consequences that can result when they do not.
To read more about Volpe’s incredible journey, go to https://www.naco.org/articles/county-programming-helps-man-turn-his-life-around-and-assist-others