Deborah Monroe has been a Michigan Certified Peer Support Specialist since 2009. She is the founder and CEO of Recovery Concepts, a peer run origination.
As a research assistant conducted at the University of Michigan, she provided guidance and facilitated the implementation of a peer-to-peer suicide study.
Deborah served on the Human Trafficking Commission, appointed by Governor Rick Snyder and Governor Gretchen Whitmer. In this role, Deborah provides workshops and keynote presentations, sharing lived experience on mental health and substance abuse, incarceration, and human trafficking.
As a lead trainer, Deborah educated and certified 102 men and women currently serving time in the department of corrections as “Peer Support in Prisons”. Deborah continues to provide follow up services through mentorship and continuing education.
Deborah has also provided peer support to women at a recovery home for survivors of human trafficking, intimate partner violence, and sexual abuse. She acts as role model, demonstrating that recovery is possible. Deborah provides evidence based trainings to the women she supports, in group settings and in one-on-one support settings.