From Prison to Purpose
Overcoming a lifetime of incarceration and twenty-three years of drug addiction, author and speaker Jimmy McGill has beat all odds and is living his best life! His childhood was marked by trauma, but what should have destroyed him is now being used to transform addiction awareness in the state of Arkansas. His recently published book, “From Prison to Purpose,” is a detailed account of his journey to sustained recovery.
Jimmy is the State’s Recovery Manager for the Arkansas State Drug Director’s office and he holds multiple peer recovery certifications. His lived experience has allowed him the chance to lead the development of the recovery Infrastructure throughout the state of Arkansas. He has assisted in the training of over 330 peer recovery support specialists.
His dedicated efforts have allowed Arkansas to place peer recovery specialists inside the Division of Youth Services, emergency rooms, drug courts, jails, reentry centers, and community service centers. He spearheaded the development of the Arkansas Model of Peer Recovery which has now gained national attention.
He and his wife are the founders of Next Step Recovery Housing, a non-profit recovery foundation that houses people in recovery.
Jimmy was the founding member of both the Arkansas Peers Advisory Committee (APAC) and the Arkansas Peers Achieving Recovery Together (A.P.A.R.T) coalition and is the current chair for the SAMHSA Region 6 Peer Support Advisory Committee.
Adventures with Ashley
After an eleven year battle with Substance Use Disorder and extreme mental illness, Ashley Costa found a way out of the flames that once engulfed her and has sustained long term recovery.
She now works for the Division of Aging, Adult and Behavioral Health Services (DAABHS) at the Department of Human Services as a Peer Recovery Specialist where she is using her lived experience to help shape policies and procedures surrounding the peer workforce.
Ashley is a Co-host for the State of Arkansas’ first live recovery podcast, “The Recovery Clinic.” She is certified in Regional Alcohol and Drug Detoxification. Ashley is a leading member of the recovery ministry at That.Church in Sherwood, Arkansas and is also a member of the Arkansas Peers Achieving Recovery Together (A.P.A.R.T.) Coalition.
Ashley sits on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Region 6 Peer Support Advisory Committee where she is using her past to brighten the future for peers within our region.
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