Whitmire Receives CARES Champions of Recovery Award


Stefani Whitmire, Peer Recovery Supporter at Townhall II, received the 2021 CARES Champions of Recovery Award from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities. Whitmire was one of eight recipients in the state of Ohio for this annual award that recognizes frontline workers and leaders who have dedicated significant time and expertise to support and serve Ohioans impacted by substance use disorders.


Tamera Hunter, CEO of Townhall II, a non-profit agency in Kent, expressed her appreciation of Whitmire’s work. “Stefani has great compassion and commitment for helping others. Her work as a peer recovery supporter has been valuable to individuals and families impacted by addiction.”


A peer recovery supporter is a person with “lived experience” who has been trained to support others who are struggling with mental health and addiction issues. Since peer supporters have been successful in their own recovery process, they are able to help others experiencing similar situations through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment.


John Garrity, executive director of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County commented, “Peer recovery supporters play an important role in our continuum of care, and we are fortunate in Portage County to have Stefani, who is one of the best!”


To learn more about treatment and recovery services available in Portage County, contact the Addiction Helpline at Townhall II at 330-678-3006.

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