Robert Ortiz has defined his journey and long-term recovery from having a mental health and substance use condition by exploring his passion to help others achieve their goals. As a person who can relate to many experiences, he strives to develop genuine relationships between professionals and the recipients of their service. He strongly believes that everyone has the ability to improve their lives, with access to the right supports. Robert currently serves as the Northeast Director of Peer Recovery Services at Fellowship Health Resources, Inc. (FHR), a multi-state organization providing behavioral health services. In this role, he is responsible for assisting FHR in establishing evidence-based peer services and creating and cultivating a peer recovery-oriented environment through training and support. He also oversees the organization’s Community Peer Connections Program, a peer-driven volunteer program that matches a volunteer with an individual from the community seeking support and companionship. Prior to this position, Robert acted as Certified Peer Specialist and Clubhouse Coordinator. He is a Massachusetts Certified Peer Specialist, a Rhode Island Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, an International Peer Recovery Specialist, and Recovery Coach. Robert is a skilled trainer, with experience in facilitating WHAM (Whole Health Action Management) and WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning). In 2017, he was recognized by the National Council of Behavioral Health as the Peer Support Specialist of the Year.