As a person with long term sustainable recovery Patty Schaeffer has learned to embrace her life completely. She has been active in recovery and wellness for over half her lifetime. She identifies with MH, SUD and TBI challenges. Along with incarceration and institutionalization in her past, her goal is to help others on this journey to live changed lives that they decide.
Patty has been a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist since 2011, a PSS Certified Trainer for two state approved curriculums, Advanced Level Facilitator of the Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)©, and an instructor of seven other wellness curriculums. She has been active with the PSS Workgroup since 2019. Patty is a Qualified Professional able to aid state agencies, organizations, and providers of Behavioral Health with delivery of services to those in need. Patty is an active member of multiple community collaboratives and organizations.
Patty is a representative from Western NC State CFAC, Partners CFAC and a member of the Leadership Fellow Academy First Cohort. In 2016 she became the Executive Director of WellSurgent, a peer owned and peer-run NP. She has received recognition in her own community and other parts of the state with the attitude of "There is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people and the services they may receive…they are all the same, Love all, Serve all."