Leroy Robinson named new supervisor at 401 Peer Center

Leroy Robinson (Photo – Angela Scott/NRVCS)

Leroy Robinson has been named supervisor of the 401 Peer Center, a facility operated by New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS) designed to support individuals in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders.

Originally from Philadelphia, Robinson himself is in long-term recovery, after 24 years of active addiction. He was one of the first two participants to graduate from the Pulaski County Adult Drug Court Treatment Program in 2016 and has most recently been employed by NRVCS as a Peer Recovery Specialist, assisting individuals enrolled in local drug court and jail diversion programs.

“We are excited that Leroy accepted the position of Supervisor at the 401,” notes Angela Scott, Director of NRVCS’ Office of Peer Supports and Recovery. “He is bringing his lived experiences in recovery and community work, a comprehensive local and regional vision, passion and lots of recovery capital to our growing Office of Peer Supports and Recovery – and to the 401 Peer Center.”

Scott points out that the selection process for a new 401 supervisor was both intense and competitive, with supervisors from other peer centers around the state serving on the interview panel.

“Leroy’s inclusivity and great networking relationships with everyone from the local drug courts to regional recovery advocacy groups and faith communities will help increase engagement in services and hope for healthier futures,” adds Scott. 

“Being entrusted with the role as the Supervisor of the 401 Peer Center awards me the opportunity to encourage recovery to a broader audience and inspire hope at a more rapid pace to the seemingly hopeless,” says Robinson. “It means being part of a movement that will revolutionize services in our community, be a beacon of hope during times of racial disparities, and will yield a return on its investment into people’s lives by producing responsible and productive members of our society that are accepted for who they are.”

“What the 401 Peer Center means to me is a place for new beginnings; a place for human connections; a place of safety; a place that shows it cares,” he adds. “I am truly grateful and honored for the role, and vow my complete transparency, diligence, and willingness in manifesting the vision of our 401 Peer Center.”