Suicide Prevention Fundraiser

On Our Own of Montgomery County is holding a Suicide Prevention Fundraiser April 7th at 3pm. It is taking place at the Regal Germantown Cinema and it is a screening of Kevin Hines’ new movie Suicide: The Ripple Effect.

Here is the link to reserve your ticket:

We only need to get 38 reservations to hold the event so head on over and add your reservation to the number. We’re very excited about seeing the film. Kevin Hines’ story is nothing short of a miracle. Surviving a jump from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to go on to become a spokesperson for preventing suicide.

See his introduction video here: Introduction Video.

Domain and Core Trainings

Domain and Core Training is here. Open to members in good standing. Register for the trainings using Eventbrite (linked below at each training). More will follow.

Nonviolent Communication
May 31st and June 1st. 8:30am to 4:30pm.
The Residence Inn
9721 Washingtonian Blvd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Registered Peer Supervisor Refresher
June 10th. 9am – 5pm. (By Invitation Only)
On Our Own of Montgomery County
434 E. Diamond Ave
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Alternatives to Suicide Facilitator Training
June 27th. 28th, and 29th. 8:30am to 3:30pm.
Residence Inn
9721 Washingtonian Blvd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

August 11th, 12th, 25th, and 26th. 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Residence Inn
9721 Washingtonian Blvd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Self-Care (Training complete)

Advocacy (Training complete)

Ethics (Training complete)

eCPR (Training complete)

Mental Health First Aid (Training complete)


  1. Advocacy:

Job Tasks that should be performed by the Peer Recovery Specialist in the Advocacy domain are: 

  1. Relate to the individual as an advocate.
  2. Advocate within systems to promote person-centered recovery/wellness support services.
  3. Describe the individual’s rights and responsibilities.
  4. Apply the principles of individual choice and self‐determination.
  5. Explain importance of self-advocacy as a component of recovery/wellness.
  6. Recognize and use person-centered language.
  7. Practice effective communication skills.
  8. Differentiate between the types and levels of advocacy.
  9. Collaborate with individual to identify, link, and coordinate choices with resources.
  10. Advocate for multiple pathways to recovery/wellness.
  11. Recognize the importance of a holistic (e.g., mind, body, spirit, environment) approach to recovery/wellness.


  1. Ethical Responsibility:

Job Tasks that should be performed by the Peer Recovery Specialist in the Ethical Responsibility domain are:

  1. Recognize risk indicators that may affect the individual’s welfare and safety.
  2. Respond to personal risk indicators to assure welfare and safety.
  3. Communicate to support network personal issues that impact ability to perform job duties.
  4. Report suspicions of abuse or neglect to appropriate authority.
  5. Evaluate the individual’s satisfaction with their progress toward recovery/wellness goals.
  6. Maintain documentation and collect data as required.
  7. Adhere to responsibilities and limits of the role.
  8. Apply fundamentals of cultural competency.
  9. Recognize and adhere to the rules of confidentiality.
  10. Recognize and maintain professional and personal boundaries.
  11. Recognize and address personal and institutional biases and behaviors.
  12. Maintain current, accurate knowledge of trends and issues related to wellness and recovery.
  13. Recognize various crisis and emergency situations.
  14. Use organizational/departmental chain of command to address or resolve issues.
  15. Practice non-judgmental behavior.


  1. Mentoring/Education:

Job Tasks that should be performed by the Peer Recovery Specialist in the Mentoring/Education domain are: 

  1. Serve as a role model for an individual.
  2. Recognize the importance of self-care.
  3. Establish and maintain a peer relationship rather than a hierarchical relationship.
  4. Educate through shared experiences.
  5. Support the development of healthy behavior that is based on choice.
  6. Describe the skills needed to self-advocate.
  7. Assist the individual in identifying and establishing positive relationships.
  8. Establish a respectful, trusting relationship with the individual.
  9. Demonstrate consistency by supporting individuals during ordinary and extraordinary times.
  10. Support the development of effective communication skills.
  11. Support the development of conflict resolution skills.
  12. Support the development of problem-solving skills.
  13. Apply principles of empowerment.
  14. Provide resource linkage to community supports and professional services.


  1. Recovery/Wellness Support:

Job Tasks that should be performed by the Peer Recovery Specialist in the Recovery/Wellness Support domain are:

  1. Assist the individual with setting goals.
  2. Recognize that there are multiple pathways to recovery/wellness.
  3. Contribute to the individual’s recovery/wellness team(s).
  4. Assist the individual to identify and build on their strengths and resiliencies.
  5. Apply effective coaching techniques such as Motivational Interviewing.
  6. Recognize the stages of change.
  7. Recognize the stages of recovery/wellness.
  8. Recognize signs of distress.
  9. Develop tools for effective outreach and continued support.
  10. Assist the individual in identifying support systems.
  11. Practice a strengths‐based approach to recovery/wellness.
  12. Assist the individual in identifying basic needs.
  13. Apply basic supportive group facilitation techniques.
  14. Recognize and understand the impact of trauma.

Recovery Month – Gaithersburg

Recovery Month

At its meeting on September 6 the Mayor and City Council declared September, 2016 as Alcohol and Drug Addiction/Mental Health Recovery Month. Gaithersburg owns and operates Wells/Robertson House, a 14-bed transitional housing program for homeless men and women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, and DeSellum House, which offers transitional housing for Wells graduates. Activities throughout the month highlight the message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and/or substance use disorders. Learn more here.

On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc.
434 East Diamond Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877


film chats

Introducing On Our Own of Maryland’s latest educational opportunity! Film Chats Documentary screenings and facilitated discussions regarding recovery.

June 25th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc.
434 East Diamond Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

The 90- minute workshop titled Film Chats is a combination documentary screening and facilitated discussion. It’s a great opportunity to learn new information, share ideas, and learn from each other.

Film is a powerful medium that inspires, informs, and can influence us to make positive changes in our lives. It can also be a great catalyst for discussion, providing a rich opportunity to discuss not only the film, but its applicability to our lives.

The Empowerment Partnership Project has combed through countless documentaries about recovery and resilience, and has selected several that are inspiring, provocative, informative, and helpful.