Calvin Harvel, Jeff Wisdom, and Allison Wolfe

Peer Support, Influencing Recovery in the Hospital

Calvin Harvel is a Certified Peer Support Specialist with (CHS) Behavioral Health- Charlotte. Calvin works as an advocate directly with children and adult patients and their families in the Emergency Department. He is also a Certified Hypnotist and Spiritual Director. Calvin is a firm believer in recovery. Being a man in long term recovery himself, he knows firsthand the feeling of coming from a place of darkness, to a life with purpose. Over the years, Calvin has traveled with many on the road to recovery, reaching out to share the gift with others that he was given in recovery. His journey strengthens his role as a patient advocate and Peer Support Specialist. Calvin is a member of the Charlotte affiliate of NAMI as well as the International Association of Peer Supporters.

Jeff Wisdom is a Certified Peer Support Specialist with (CHS) Behavioral Health- Charlotte. Jeff’s principle role is to provide an example that one can have a happy and surprising life – regardless of one’s diagnosis. On the Children and Adolescent unit, Jeff supports families and caregivers in crisis, by providing emotional support and resources to help persons who might feel overwhelmed by their circumstances. Prior to this role at CHS, Jeff taught at universities and colleges in areas of Religion, Philosophy, and Ethics. He was also a Pastor for 23 years in both of the Carolinas. Jeff has served on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, and has facilitated various NAMI groups. Currently, Jeff is a member of the Mental Health Education team for the church he and his wife attend.

Allison Wolfe, LCSW, is the Director of Social Work Services for Carolinas Health Care System, Behavioral Health-Charlotte. She has responsibility for the inpatient behavioral health clinicians, discharge coordinators, and peer support teammates. Allison has fifteen years of clinical experience working with individuals in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Allison is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the International Association of Peer Supporters.