Hello! My name is Joleen Darby. I am the Director of Operations at People USA, formally known as PEOPLe Inc.
I am a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, Certified Peer Specialist, and Certified Recovery Coach. I am also a facilitator for WRAP, Motivational Interviewing, and Mental Health First Aid as a Trainer for our organization.
I have been with People USA for 8 years. During which time I have worked in many different roles such as a Peer Specialist at the Partial Hospitalization Program, Housing Coordinator/Supervisor, Peer Advocate, Representative Payee Program Supervisor, Site Director of Crisis Respite Services (Rose House), and a Director of all county wide Peer Programs for Dutchess County, Putnam and Orange County.
I am a peer, with personal lived experience. Being someone that has been through the "system" I feel I have insight into its impact on those it serves and how it could be improved. This has influenced my interest in the work I do for the recovery community. I am an avid member of multiple committees that focus on wellness and recovery services throughout different counties in New York. I hope my participation in this field brings about positive change for those we serve and enhances their life in some way.
As a Certified Personal Medicine Coach, I hope to assist those in the community to move towards their own recovery, whatever that means to them. I really hope to gain tools that will inspire people to take part in their mental wellness and know they have a say in what works best for them. I truly believe people are their own best judge when their providers suggest recovery pathways and they should be as involved as possible in that process.