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Wesley Evans’ Bio

Wesley Evans, is the Statewide Coordinator of Integration and Recovery Services, for the Florida Department of Children and Families, office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. Wes, leads a statewide effort to transform Florida’s behavioral health system; using his lived experience and more than fourteen years of professional experience, to shift its culture and service delivery approach, to become a Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC). He was among Florida’s first class of Certified Recovery Peer Specialists, his professional experience spans multiple roles, including; criminal sustice specialty courts, programs for individuals experiencing homelessness, residential treatment, and psychosocial programs. Wes served as Co-Chair of Disability Rights Florida’s Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness for two years, and as an Advisory Board member for Northeast Florida State Hospital for nine years. In 2014, he received an award from the Jacksonville Mayors Disability Council, in recognition of excellence exhibited by a person with a disability within the Jacksonville workforce. In 2019, Wes was awarded the state’s Champion of Recovery Award, by the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Florida, for his outstanding efforts to promote recovery.  He believes that all individuals have the capacity to recover from behavioral health conditions, and that self-directed care, community inclusion, and multiple pathways play a critical role in one’s own vision for their recovery. Wes prefers to take the extra step in staying unique in his approach to system-change, and envisions a system of care in which recovery is expected and achieved through meaningful partnerships of and shared decision making with individuals, communities and systems. He is honored to serve as an Advisory Board Member of Floridians for Recovery’s Board of Directors, and looks forward to achieving this vision together.