Hiring Lived Experience
Amanda speaks to the importance of hiring people with lived experience in this video, and what she has learned.
A huge success we’ve had recently as an agency is hiring individuals with lived experience, “Nothing About Us Without Us.” I think that’s something often missed in the work that we’re doing, recognizing that we don’t always have all of the answers to the problems.
But empowering folks who have lived it, who are continuing to live it, providing meaningful engagement and meaningful employment and equitable employment to what other people are doing in this work is so important.
It’s a give-take relationship. As much as we are providing guidance and empowering people who use substances, I have learned likely more than what I have taught other people. And that has guided me in my life.