Tawanda Murray is a presenter for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) in the state of Tennessee. She also holds a certificate for Recovery Practices, as well as CPSS training in Leading and Coaching for Supervisors. She is on the Nashville Community Advisory Board and served on Blue Care Behavioral Health Advisory Regional Board (Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, and Chattanooga).
In long-term recovery in the areas of substance abuse and mental health, Ms. Murray has been Certified in Mental Health First Aid. She wrote a curriculum of recovery named I Am Recovery that passed scrutiny in a drug court in 2015 and has been reviewed by Juvenile Justice, Centerstone, and Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) in Nashville. The program is now registered with the Secretary of State.
Ms. Murray currently sponsors women in recovery and for several years has been facilitating recovery meetings in the women’s prison in Nashville, Tennessee. She has 38 College hours in Criminal Justice. Ms. Murray is an active member of Meharry Medical College’s Elam Center Recovery Advisory Board. She has completed a documentary for Morehouse College and has a YouTube video on her curriculum and her journey into recovery. This year Ms. Murray’s story was shared on the Partnership to End Addiction website. She feels that her journey’s greatest accomplishment is her ongoing ability to help others.
Ms. Murray was also Guest Speaker for the Core-Civic Prison 3 -day National Conference and a Panelist for the Nashville Addiction Summit on Opioids. As well Ms. Murray was the 1st Parent- Mentor for the Nashville Juvenile Justice Safe Babies Program. She also is a member of the Recovery Court Professionals.
As time permitted, she has obtained her Life Coach Certification as well as Family Coaching and lastly, Ms. Murray is presently attending American Baptist College pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Studies.