The Power of Peer Recovery Support in Transforming Lives and Navigating Gaps in Care with Brian Bailys

Peer Recovery Support

[Episode 86 of The Intentional Clinician Podcast]

Paul Krauss MA LPC talks with Brian Bailys of Thrive Peer Support on how a newly expanded Peer Support program in Ohio is helping people get into treatment and change their life. Brian addresses how various forms of Peer Support programs may aid everyone from patients arriving at the ER after an overdose to those struggling to navigate the healthcare system throughout the talk. Thrive Peer Support mostly assists persons who are attempting to overcome mental health and addiction issues. Thrive Peer Support continues to grow and has had remarkable results thus far, illustrating the need for robust peer support programs across the United States.

Brian Bailys founded Ascent, a continuing care solution for people in recovery from substance use disorders and mental health diagnoses. The genesis of the Ascent Solution was based on Brian’s experience in treatment. Ascent began by combining an evidence-based mobile app with 24/7/365 peer recovery coaching and in 2017 began to expand into “live” face-to-face peer recovery coaching. Thus evolved ThriveED (Thrive Emergency Department FKA AscentED) where peer coaches began providing round-the-clock peer recovery support to individuals in the MetroHealth (Cleveland, OH) emergency department.

In early 2018, Brian formed a partnership with Thrive Behavioral Health/Thrive Peer Support. This has allowed Thrive to provide peer support to Medicaid-eligible patients across NE Ohio and serve as advocates on behalf of those recovering.

Brian has spoken on various opiate and recovery-related panels and been a part of multiple opiate and behavioral health task forces in Ohio. Brian advocates for the individual in recovery and their families.

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Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, an Approved EMDRIA Consultant , host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress) as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Paul has been quoted in the Washington PostNBC NewsWired Magazine, and Counseling Today. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433. 

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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency” [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

“Your Name Escapes Me” from The Stylist by Kelley Stoltz (Spotify)

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