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Helen ‘Skip’ Skipper

Helen ‘Skip’ Skipper, BS, NYCPS, Executive Director, NYC Justice Peer Initiative

Skip has an extensive background in peer support, following multiple incarcerations. Formerly the Senior Manager of Peer Services at NYC’s Criminal Justice Agency, she pivoted in March 2022 to lead as the Executive Director of the NYC Justice Peer Initiative. She sits on several national working groups and lived experiences advisory. She is also a Peer C.I.T. trainer for NYPD and NYC B-HEARD and consults with the Urban Institute, representing community perspectives in research. Skip attended St. Francis College as a Beyond-the-Bars Fellow and a Columbia University Justice-in-Education scholar, graduating with distinction. She is presently Criminology at John Jay College. Her achievements include membership with the American Society of Criminology, leadership roles in the NYC Peer Workforce Coalition and NYC Justice Peer Initiative and the inaugural Peer Supervisor at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In 2022, she garnered several awards, including the SAMHSA Recovery Innovation Challenge and College and Community Fellowships’ Rising Star award.