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Welcome to Behavioral Health in the New Normal, a podcast developed by Prestige Community Resources with the generous support of the DC Department of Behavioral Health and SAMHSA to address the numerous challenges and crises our community is experiencing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Host Paul Wells Sr. has more than 30 years of extensive clinical social work experience. Each week he conducts insightful interviews with expert guests discussing the pandemic’s continuing toll on mental health, financial hardship, local government, small businesses, education and homeschooling. Listen to our first several episodes here:

Behavioral Health in the New Normal

Our New Normal: Homelessness Amidst Covid-19

Alfonso A. Padrón joined Prestige Community Resources as Senior Housing Coordinator in August 2020, after transforming District Healthcare Services, linking them as the newest DC Coordinated Entry (CAHP) provider. Alfonso previously served as Property Manager for the Larnaca Company in DC,…

Episode 19: Domestic Violence Crisis During a Pandemic

Marsha Woodland is a Peer and Consultant working with NASMHPD, SAMHSA, and NCTIC, and Founder & CEO of the Building Bridges Foundation. In recovery for more than 23 years, Marsha is a nationally recognized speaker and trauma survivor who provides training…

Episode 18: What to Expect When You’re Expecting During a Pandemic

Brian and Sophia Finkelstein share their experiences, fears, concerns, and doubts about what to expect when you’re expecting during a pandemic – and bringing a new child into the world during Covid-19.  Bryan S. Finkelstein CAC –II is a licensed…

Episode 17: Pursuing Your Dreams: Covid-19 Edition

Nadia McQueen is a fashion designer, celebrity stylist, and photographer who shares how inspires all to continue pursuing your dreams in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic: how she travels, extra precautions she takes, what the fashion and entertainment businesses look…

Episode 16: How Covid-19 Changed My Small Business

Lynette McNeill-Voss, owner of the small business Vintage & Charmed Classic Clothing, shares how Covid-19 has impacted two small local businesses on Good Hope Road in the Anacostia neighborhood, the same street where Prestige Community Resources’ headquarters is located. Lynette…

Episode 15: Who’s Taking Care of YOU? Self Care Tips for Frontline Workers

Lwenyi Nkonko, LICSW, is a clinical manager at Prestige Healthcare Resources who offers us self care tips for frontline workers. She previously served as a clinician and psychotherapist at a CORE service agency in DC, and before that as a…

Episode 14: Transitioning from One Lockdown to Another

D’Andre Tinsley, born and raised in Prince George’s County, MD, was incarcerated in August 2013 and released right before the COVID-19 Pandemic hit. He uses this platform to share his experience transitioning back into the community in the midst of a…

Episode 13: Disconnected But Never Alone

Reverend Vernon Ware serves as the Senior Pastor of Pilgrim AME Church in Northeast, Washington DC. Rev. Ware received his Masters of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity, Masters of Science degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University, and…

Episode 12: The Rise of the Opioid Crisis in DC

Will Bonnette currently leads Prestige Community Resources, the nonprofit arm of Prestige Community Health. He has dedicated his career to improving the lives of those struggling with mental health and addiction issues. With 25 years of operational leadership experience, he…

Episode 11: Covid-19: Millennial Edition

Myles Wright is a 20-year-old artist, photographer and creative director. Born and raised in Chicago, he now resides in the DC area where he helps local businesses and organizations creating their brand identity and campaign strategies. He’s also a freelance…

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Our New Normal: Homelessness Amidst Covid-19

Alfonso A. Padrón joined Prestige Community Resources as Senior Housing Coordinator in August 2020, after transforming District Healthcare Services, linking them as the newest DC Coordinated Entry (CAHP) provider. Alfonso previously served as Property Manager for the Larnaca Company in DC,…

Episode 19: Domestic Violence Crisis During a Pandemic

Marsha Woodland is a Peer and Consultant working with NASMHPD, SAMHSA, and NCTIC, and Founder & CEO of the Building Bridges Foundation. In recovery for more than 23 years, Marsha is a nationally recognized speaker and trauma survivor who provides training…

Episode 18: What to Expect When You’re Expecting During a Pandemic

Brian and Sophia Finkelstein share their experiences, fears, concerns, and doubts about what to expect when you’re expecting during a pandemic – and bringing a new child into the world during Covid-19.  Bryan S. Finkelstein CAC –II is a licensed…

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