From Self to Peer: All in a Lifetime

From Self to Peer: All in a Lifetime

Season 2, Episode 13

Host(s): Dr. Larry Force, Andrew O’Grady, Elisa Gwilliam

Guest(s): Linda Ferdico: Regional Director of Peer Services at Independent Living based in Newburgh, New York

In this episode of INTERSECTIONS Policy, Program and Practice Exchange the team is joined by Linda Ferdico who serves as Regional Director of Peer Services at Independent Living in Newburgh, New York. Along with her personal journey to the recovery field, Federico shares her passion for peer support networks and important tools for recovery and harm reduction during the pandemic and beyond.

Topics Discussed

  • Updates on mental health resources in the Hudson Valley
  • Linda Ferdico’s journey to the mental health field
  • Different definitions of ‘peer’ in the mental health and addiction fields
  • Social determinants of health and wellness
  • Harm reduction
  • Mental health response to COVID-19
  • Tools for recovery


Key Quote(s)

  • “We’re able to create and promote programs that will really meet someone where they’re at; to take away the stigma, to take away the judgment and to really be honored to be walking with this person on their recovery journey.” – Linda Ferdico
  • “I love that we can hire peers now. It’s so vital because…as providers, I like to break down the silos, but we only see what we see and we can’t really fix things unless we understand what’s not working.” – Andrew O’Grady


INTERSECTIONS is an innovative, peer delivered, modular self-care program developed by the National Organization of Adult Addictions and Recovery (NOAAR) and Mental Health America of Dutchess County.

Addiction, chronic illness, and mental health are dimensions in our lives that isolate us. They isolate us from ourselves, from others, and from our spirit. INTERSECTIONS helps us connect and reconnect to reach our full potential.

INTERSECTIONS promotes the reduction of reoccurrence, improved maintenance of recovery plans, and success within family systems and the community.

Modules include:

  • Orientation
  • Meditation
  • Movement
  • Nutrition
  • Mindfulness
  • Personal Visions and Goals
  • Spirituality

INTERSECTIONS is based on a theoretical orientation called The Theory of Dimensionality and is rooted in a Practice-Based Intervention, Dimensional Solution Based Treatment (DSBT).

“We cannot fix you because you are not broken … everybody has stuff. We are all in Recovery from something.”

About MHA Dutchess County

Mental Health America of Dutchess County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making sure nobody gets left behind in our community due to lack of mental health services. Our staff and volunteers work day and night to:

  • Strengthen families
  • Overcome fear
  • Help people dealing with anxiety
  • Link individuals to the supports they need
  • Provide safe spaces to heal
  • Break down stigma
  • …and much, much more.