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Cheryl Stevens, M.D.

Cheryl Stevens, M.D., learned how to take care of herself the hard way. After experiencing a breakdown during residency, she was to remain on Social Security Disability for the next nine years - enduring 15 hospitalizations (one for 18 months), many medications, 11 electroconvulsive ("shock") treatments, day programs and living a group home. She recovered with the help of her peers in support groups and through returning to work in clubhouse Transitional Employment. In 1997, she returned to full-time employment working in addiction treatment. In 2000, she joined the Western MA Dept of Mental Health (DMH) as Director of Consumer Affairs and took the Recovery including Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) training with Mary Ellen Copeland. She and her colleague, Dr. McMahon, developed a unique WRAP Train-the-Trainer Initiative for DMH staff and clients in Western MA. Now in its third year, they continue to be inspired by staff and clients alike who have changed their lives by learning and using WRAP while facilitating these workshops for others.