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Peer Workforce Development Initiative


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Pathways Vermont is a leader in the state’s peer workforce movement and is working to greatly improve consistency, infrastructure, communication, and resource sharing among the peer-workforce community. We are dedicated to ensuring that all Vermonters are in a position to lead healthy and meaningful lives in their community.

Pathways Vermont was awarded a grant for a Peer Workforce Development Initiative (PWDI) by The Department of Mental Health (DMH) in early 2020. The Peer Workforce Development Initiative grant was developed by DMH to help the state build and maintain an infrastructure for a statewide mental health peer workforce. Goals of the initiative include, creating a steering committee, evaluating statewide peer workforce needs, facilitating awareness and participation by providing resources and information to peer support workers, and ensuring the availability of peer support worker training.

“This is a great opportunity to help shift the paradigm around mental health services utilizing the collective voices of Vermonters with shared experiences. We are excited about the possibilities for transformative change by providing empowering connections throughout the statewide peer network.” – Pathways Vermont Executive Director, Hilary Melton


Upcoming Trainings



our trainings

The mission of the PWDI includes the facilitation of various statewide peer support work trainings. Pathways Vermont is working to continuously provide peer workers with innovative and evolving opportunities to learn, grow and share experiences.  Our regular trainings and discussions include, but are not limited to:

  • Intentional Peer Support (Overview, Core, and Advanced) 
  • Conversations About Suicide
  • Mad Movement Histories
  • Harm Reduction Approach to Psychiatric Drugs
  • Autonomy, Choice, & Self-Determination: Harm Reduction

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Steering Committee Members

The PWDI Steering Committee is composed of statewide leaders in Vermont’s peer workforce. The committee convenes regularly to oversee peer workforce development and training in Vermont.

Hilary Melton


Dan Towle


Walt Wade

Gloria Van Den Berg

Amey Dettmer

Ken Russell

Leslie Nelson

Malaika Puffer

Tara Miller

Will Eberle



Meet Our Trainers

J Helms

Pathways Vermont

Lindsay Mesa

Pathways Vermont

Alex Ferguson

Pathways Vermont

Calvin Moen

Western Mass Recovery Learning Community

Rebeka Lawrence-Gomez

Pathways Vermont

Malaika Puffer

Health Care & Rehabilitation Services of Vermont