Transforming U: Peer Support

Peer Support

The charge of the DJJ Peer Support Team is to effectively recognize and respond to team members or family members who are experiencing a critical or traumatic incident. The Peer Support Team will reply by listening, referring, debriefing, and supporting those in need.


What is Peer Support?

  • Peer Support is a voluntary employment assistance program that is available to all DJJ staff and immediate family members after a critical or traumatic incident.
  • This program is designed to provide appropriate support to employees when personal or professional problems negatively affect their work performance, family unit, or self. 


Why Peer Support?

A trained peer support team member provides emotional support during and after times of personal and professional crisis for DJJ staff who express a need for assistance.

  • Peer Supporters are not professional clinicians but have an increased understanding of the stress of a career in criminal justice, additional training in dealing with people experiencing increased stress
  • Peer Supporters are peers that have relevant or similar experiences. 


For more information, email one of the DJJ Peer Support Team:

DeBaja Coleman
Garry Ogden
Linfred Davis
Christy Doyle
Andrea Butler
Chelsea Wakefield
Christy Richardson
Cordelia Cowen
Demora Baxter
Erika Trotter
Felisa Dexter
Hermanda Demines
Jay Turner
Kim Stevens
Lester Allen
Maggie Plymale
Ornessa Jones Collins
Pansy Bryant
Qubilah Payne
Staci Hill-Wilson
Tammy Bundrage

Or for general information about Peer Support at DJJ, email [email protected].