Employee Awards and Accolades

Employee of the Month: Jessica Peterman

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Jessica Peterman, a Blended Case Manager, was recognized as the Stairways Behavioral Health August Employee of the Month for performing a life-saving act.

Peterman intervened when a client began showing suicidal signs following a relapse after years of sobriety. Peterman noted the client’s struggling and continually offered help with mental health and substance abuse treatment, despite being met with refusal each time.

Over a period of three weeks, the client became despondent, began drinking in excess and declined her medications. Eventually, she began making suicidal statements, at which time Peterman contacted crisis services and called 911.

When they arrived, the client said she had ingested large amounts of prescription medication and alcohol. She was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit for a near fatal suicide attempt and given Narcan, a drug used to reverse the effects of an overdose.

Following her release from the hospital, Peterman has continued to help the client strive for sobriety by always encouraging her to seek treatment and maintain hope.

Peterman's compassion and dedication are valued standards shared by all of Stairways’ devoted staff members.

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