“Navigating Challenges For LGBTQIA+ Peers Through Peer Provided Advocacy. A Framework For Change”

with Tanya Kraege, Drea Everett & Kaeden Watford

Friday, August 18th, 2023 | ⏰ 9AM – 10:30AM CT
Cost: FREE | Virtual – Zoom

Folx in the LGBTQIA+ space have specific needs around safety, security, and inclusivity in the peer space. This session will explore some of the gaps and barriers in resources and recommendations for advocacy to fill in gaps and tear down barriers to be more inclusive of their experiences.


Tanya Kraege is the Drug Poisoning Prevention Team Manager at Safe Communities MDC. She works alongside people experiencing substance use challenges, birthing folx using substances during pregnancy, trauma, relationships, formerly incarcerated, and mental health experiences. Tanya has been a part of mental health and substance use work for 14 years. Currently, she oversees programs that use Recovery Coaches and Certified Peer Specialists who work in various environments in Dane County, Rock County and Jefferson County in Wisconsin to support people with substance use, and mental health experiences and their loved ones. Over the past few years in this role, Tanya has secured grant funding to design and implement a Salesforce-based recovery practice management solution that has increased productivity by 40% in peer provider management and has given the flexibility to serve over 1600 people in her community. Tanya also works around the Country regarding anti-stigma work and peer provider programs. Tanya played a role in the Health Care Task Force on Safe Opioid Prescribing by participating in the academic detailing program for working with clinicians on co-prescribing Naloxone with opioid prescription medications, in addition to being a Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, and community advocate. Tanya is also a Recovery Coach, Recovery Coach Trainer, and Certified Peer Specialist, using her story of addiction and recovery to help others gain hope and insight into new ways of living. Tanya Kraege APSW, CSAC, MSW, CCAR Coach, CCAR Trainer, WICPS



Drea Everett is a Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist, CCAR trained Recovery Coach/Doula. I am a Cis-Gender female, mother, daughter, and fiancé. My pronouns are she/her/hers.

After struggling with substance use and mental health experiences for so long and finding recovery, I always knew I wanted to give back. It is my passion to help people experiencing substance use and mental health concerns, to support them into understanding recovery is possible through modeling and meeting folx where they are at in their journey.

Saving lives and helping people in addiction is what keeps me in my recovery today, and I want to continue to spread hope and awareness to everyone I work with.



Kaeden Watford is a certified peer support specialist and currently works for Safe Communities in a peer provider position, and also works at the LGBTQIA+ Outreach center in Madison, Wisconsin as the Opioid Overdose Prevention Specialist . He is a member of the African American Opioid Coalition and has done both Alternatives to Suicide and DOULA training. As a black trans man who has embarked on a journey of healing from trauma, substance use, and incarceration he has a lot of lived experience being a part of marginalized communities. It’s an important value of his to build connections in all of the communities he is a part of and identifies with. To try and empower them by showing them their own strengths, supporting them in finding their own pathways to healing, and exploring ways to create a life they feel is worth living.


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