Jorea M. Kelley Hardison

Founder/Clinical Director

In 2011, PARfessionals was established by 32-year-old Jorea M. Kelley-Hardison, a consumer peer with life and professional experience; while she completed an internship at MHMR of Tarrant County. After experiencing discriminatory and biased treatment both personally and professionally, she felt that a sincere effort needed to be made to reduce stigma and discrimination faced by peers and their families in the community and workplace.

Ms. Kelley-Hardison, along with assistance from medical doctors, clinicians and other behavioral health professionals across the globe participated in the development of PARfessionals and its unique, specialized Workforce Development Credentialing Program. It was 100% funded by several members of Ms. Kelley Hardison's family.

In 2008, she self-published the book “Getting Ahead: An Ex-Offenders Guide to Getting Ahead in Today’s Society”, where she encourages ex-offenders to participate in clinical research trials. She is also mentioned in Dr. Jon Marc Taylor’s book “Prisoners’ Guerrilla Handbook to Correspondence Programs in the United States and Canada”; published by Prison Legal News in 2008.

Jorea Kelley-Hardison earned a B.S. degree in Management in 2009 and completed degree requirements in order to graduate with a M.A. in Criminal Justice from the American (Military) Public University System the following year. She has also earned a graduate certificate in Applied Forensic Psychology Services from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In addition, she has obtained certificates in mental health, home health assistant, non-profit management, applied forensic psychology services, family and business mediation, substance abuse, as well as emergency management. In addition, she has received training throughout the years in various important topics such as rape/domestic violence crisis intervention, hospice, and health unit coordination from various organizations and colleges including Parkland Health & Hospital System, Lakewood College, Center for Degree Studies, Brookhaven College, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Thomas Edison State College, University of Texas at Arlington-Continuing Education Division, Richland College, and many more.

In 2009, Jorea Kelley-Hardison received her CCJP – A status from the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (TCBAP), and has been granted numerous credentials from the board; including the Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS), Peer Mentor/Peer Recovery Coach (PM-PRC) and the Associate Prevention Specialist (APS) credentials, but has since retired those credentials.

In 2015, PARfessionals training school closed after leaving the Cunningham Center at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia.

In October 2015, while still living in Georgia, Jorea contacted Charter State College, a founding member of the Consortium for the Assessment of College Equivalency (CACE), about a training and higher education institutional partnership (college credit review assessment, professional healthcare credential evaluation, and college credit transcript registry) through their Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP).

While working with contracted credentialed experts and clinician to re-design her specialized healthcare content, she also worked and interviewed (similar to a Master level thesis or doctoral dissertation defense) with the college review board for an entire year (2016), along with privately paying for all their institutional fees.

Jorea will continue to privately fund her ideas and content work through the higher education institutional partnership on future evaluation review of PARfessionals' specialized healthcare content in 2020.

She operates a private product research design and consulting firm; PARfessionals Behavorial Health Research Development Corporation in Arkansas.

Jorea is interested in working with regulatory agencies, professional associations, pharmaceutical companies, medical conferences, risk management insurance companies and other health-related organizations.

She is currently a Nationally Certified Psychiatric Technician for the past 8 years, and is a former Addictions Counselor Intern (CI) before she transitioned into becoming a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC).

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Personal and Professional Achievements

  • Founded PARfessionals private, independent vocational school which provides to be a vehicle for continued clinical educational training in the best practices and standards, and is the only institution in the world to create job competencies/professionals standards for Peer Recovery Support professionals (to be credentialed globally and for a lifetime).

  • Approved training provider for many states (e.g. Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Texas, South Dakota, Illinois, California, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Texas, Florida), national and international regulatory boards (e.g. Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation) and professional associations (e.g. Association for ADEC: Association for Death Education and Counseling, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., The International Employee Assistance Professionals Association, International Coaching Federation) for many years.

    It also received a Career School exemption from the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and College division since 2012.

  • In 2014, Jorea advocated for and received national professional malpractice and liability (employment related) insurance coverage for certified peer recovery support professionals in the United States through (add CPH & Associates logo , a national professional liability insurance provider for Nurses, Allied Health Care and Mental Health providers and coaches.

    With more than 500,000 policies written, CPH & Associates is one of the biggest healthcare insurance companies in the U.S.

    Due to the past advocacy of Jorea and her company; PARfessionals, CPH & Associates now requires approved CE training for all employment malpractice insurance applicants.

  • Created the opportunity for healthcare providers and students worldwide to earn continuing education credit from the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders; the first international regulatory board for addiction specialists, expert clinicians and researchers.

  • Created the opportunity that allowed global students to be educated in Peer Recovery Behavioral Health studies using diversified methods of peer recovery support services flexible learning settings (self-paced distance learning, hybrid or classroom), in order to create a culturally competent and inclusive peer behavioral healthcare workforce.

  • Inclusion in the German National Library, a central archival library and national bibliographic centre for the Federal Republic of Germany. It is the leading partner in developing and maintaining bibliographic rules and standards in Germany, and plays a significant role in the development of international library standards.

  • Inclusion in the National Peer Services Toolkit funded by Optum HMO Healthcare and ACMHMA: The College for Behavioral Health Service.

  • Through the leadership of Jorea M. Kelley, PARfessionals has been a corporate "in-kind' farming supporter of the "Urban Farming 100 Million Families and Friends Global Campaign™" since early 2017.

    The global campaign empowers people who are unemployed, underemployed, laid off, malnourished, have unhealthy diets, and suffer from hunger or food insecurity. It is supported by Atlantic Records, Coca Cola, Farm Credit, Home Depot, rapper Snoop Dogg, rapper T.I., artist Prince, actress KeKe Palmer, Latina artist Taja Sevelle, comedian Richard Lewis, country star(s) Zac Brown Band, singer-songwriter, socialite, philanthropist and political fundraiser Denise Rich, former NFL star Chris Draft and Family Foundation, Country Music singer-songwriter Uncle Kracker, American singer and daughter of singer Tony Bennett and actress Sandra Grant, and many more.

    The Urban Farming™ mission is to create an abundance of food for people in need by supporting and encouraging the establishment of gardens on unused land and space, while increasing diversity, raising awareness for health and wellness, and inspiring and educating youth, adults and seniors to create an economically sustainable system to uplift communities around the globe.

    Another critical component of their mission is the Urban Farming Co-existence Model™, which raises awareness about the following areas of co-existence: Business Growth, Job Creation, Urban Redevelopment, Urban Agriculture, Health and Wellness, and Global Investment.

  • Featured in the Florida Peer Specialist Certification Study Guide.

  • Initial Member of the Global Network for Peer Support of Peers for Progress, an international network of peer support researchers, experts, and advocates.

    Peers for Progress is a program of the Department of Health Behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and the Department of Family Medicine in the UNC School of Medicine.

    Peers for Progress was founded in 2006 as a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation in conjunction with the American Academy of Family Physicians.

  • The first peer recovery support and coaching training provided to incorporate Addiction Science and Clinical Research subject matters in our (specialized, privately funded) curriculum since 2014.

  • Instrumental in becoming the first peer recovery support training program (with assistance from ICF Accredited Coach Gail Tucker Whipple, MTP, PCC) to receive Continuing Education approval by the International Coaching Federation (ICF); an international professional association that creates professional standards within the coaching profession, and provides independent certification board for professional coaches and coach training programs worldwide.

    ICF is also known as "the main accrediting and credentialing body for both training programs and coaches" worldwide with approximately 30,000 members in 140 countries.

  • Creator of the World's Largest Behavioral Health (Peer Addictions) Training, PARfessionals' Peer Recovery Workforce Development for Healthcare Workers (© Publisher: PARfessionals Behavioral Health Research Development Corporation).

    The curriculum is the world’s first college level training and certification material on the field of Peer Recovery.

    The program was privately funded and developed with contracted assistance from behavioral health clinicians, medical doctors, social workers, and peers (worldwide from addiction recovery entities, governmental agencies, community recovery organizations, and schools, including Harvard Medical School and the National Institute of Health to define peer service provider as a profession.

    Since 2011, the approved Continuing Education open to volunteers, interns and employees of behavioral health and addiction recovery entities, government agencies, humanitarians agencies, community recovery groups, other Human Services related organization and employer types with no high school diploma or GED required. However, the recommended requirements for our course content is 16+ with "working" experience as a volunteer, intern or employee, dealing with special populations (e.g. minorities, LGBT, veterans, disabilities, prisoners, ex-offenders, rural, women, children, low-income, etc.) in a behavioral health, medical, community, educational or criminal justice setting.

    Globally recognized, competency-based lifetime credential grounded in evidence-based best practices with only 150 practicum hours required (pending).

  • Submitted the PARfessionals for college credit and credential evaluation through Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP) by Charter Oak State College from 2015-2017, with a new review pending in 2019.

    The Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP) by Charter Oak State College reviews and provide college credit recommendations, along with record keeping for non-collegiate training programs.

    Charter Oak State College (COSC), located in New Britain, Connecticut, USA, is a state institution conferring associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees, and is accredited by the State of Connecticut and the New England Associations of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

  • Inclusion for many years in "Education: Beyond Recovery: The Addiction Recovery Guide", operated by Director M. Handel, Informatics and Online Education at the Integrative Family Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai-New York.

  • Developed the latest Job Analysis for Behavioral Health Peer Providers.

  • Participated and sponsored the 7th Annual Conference of the International Association of Peer Supporters.

  • Inclusion in the New York Compendium of Training and Self Study Resources for Recovery Support Specialists and Recovery Peer Specialists.

  • Past speaker and marketing sponsor for OMICS International Scientific Research Conference and Exhibition.

  • Advertised the former PARfessionals' Correctional Peer Course in Prison Legal News

  • Former Texas Champions for Coverage (2013) for the Health Insurance Marketplace of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services/Health & Human Service. ( Training for Health Navigators and Counselors can be found here: https://marketplace.cms.gov/technical-assistance-resources/training-materials/training.html )

  • Featured in the Online PrisonTalk International Directory

  • Partnered with countless world-wide mobile app distributors such as

  • In 2016, Jorea personally secured a deal with The Netherlands -based technology company that specializes in the creation of online and mobile responsive quizzes, tests, exams and courses, to underwrite 50,000 a month PARFESSIONALS' college level job training for global humanitarian workers, but was cancelled due to chaotic backlash. The technology company focuses on gamification and provides the best user experience for their students.

    With over 1 million users, Quizworks International is operated by a team of education-specialists, psychologists and technology experts.

    Jorea Kelley and Parfessionals would like to thank Jan Thij Bakker, Founder / CEO and Jeroen Guldemond, Founder / COO / CFO / CSO of Quizworks International.

  • A long-time member of The Movement for Global Mental Health, a network of individuals and organizations that aim to improve services for people living with mental health problems and psychosocial disabilities worldwide, especially in low- and middle-income countries where effective services are often scarce.

  • The critically acclaimed Netflix original comedy-drama series by Piper Chapman is based on the same prison where Jorea was housed.

    Jorea's teaching experience as a GED Math instructor at the same Federal Bureau of Prisons can be found in Dr. Jon Marc Taylor’s book, “Prisoners’ Guerrilla Handbook to Correspondence Programs in the United States and Canada”, published by Prison Legal News of Lake Worth, Florida in 2009.

  • Former member of an international community of professionals who bring coach training to aspiring coaches around the world.

  • Long-time member of The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL); this is a unique international collaborative that focuses on improving mental health and addictions leadership and services across eight sponsoring countries: Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, England, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Sweden.

  • Sponsored the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services' 31st Annual Conference : Keeping the Focus on Recovery & Rights (pg. 21)

  • In May 2016, partnered with Huizhou TCL Mobile Communication Co. Ltd. , a Chinese multinational electronics company headquartered in Huizhou, Guangdong Province to preload PARfessionals' healthcare apps in all Alcatel mobile devices, with more than 20 million users & 190+ countries and regions covered.

    TCL is the world's 25th-largest consumer electronics producer and the third-largest television manufacturer by market share.

    It has nearly 80,000 employees and 17 billion in annual revenue sales.

    TCL's corporate slogan is "The Creative Life".

  • Former member of

    The International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. It was begun by a small group of peer specialists in Michigan interested in what was happening in other states. Founded in 2004, the organization now includes members from every state and several countries outside the US. Members of this network can come together to share their ideas and innovations, exchange resources and information based on real world application, and add their voice to others when concerns and issues affecting all of us require a global response from a global community. They are actively and intentionally working on making iNAPS a more inclusive and safe space for individuals who have been historically marginalized.

  • Former member of

    Recovery Coaches International mission is to advance, promote, and provide evidence-based coaching to the addiction recovery community, to support, educate, inspire and to further the interests of recovery coaching clients worldwide.

  • Former member of

    LASAT is the lead in the State of Louisiana as an Approved Educational Provider (AEP) through the Louisiana Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority (ADRA).

    Their mission is to promote and enhance addiction professionals and providers in areas of treatment, education, prevention and advocacy in the state of Louisiana.

  • *Trained by in Mental Health Peer to Peer (NAMI Dallas, Texas) and as a Mental Health Peer Trainer (NAMI Georgia State Office in Atlanta, GA).

    NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

    What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

  • Listed in the 2019 The World Congress on Addiction Scientific Program, London, United Kingdom.

  • Special thanks to the former female inmates of Tarrant County Jail, Fort Worth, TX and Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Huntsville, TX that personally knew PARfessionals' Founder Jorea Kelley and shared their "In Real Life" stories for her PARfessionals Peer Recovery Correctional Course (intellectual property of PARfessional Behavioral Health Research Development Corporation, Little Rock, AR by Texas Court Filed Agreement):

    Della Sapp, Michelle Jackson, Sophia Becarra, Patterson, and Rachael Radar.

  • Donate PARfessionals' Cultural in Addictions (2016) college prep guides to , an online library that makes reading easier for people with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers anywhere in the world. Currently, there are members in over 70 countries!

    Bookshare provides a list of mobile reading tools that can be tightly integrated for the following audiences:

    • Blindness: Read aloud with Heather or Ryan voices, navigation integrated with VoiceOver text-to-speech (TTS)
    • Low Vision: Heather or Ryan voices, plus large font options, background, text and highlighting color options
    • Learning Disability: Word-level highlighting plus Heather or Ryan voices
    • Physical Disability: Switch-compatible
  • In 1997, Jorea was the first to teach at age 19 using fax broadcasting/fax on demand service.

  • Privately funded assessment fees and personally worked with and in the past on PARfessionals' college level training material (intellectual property of PARfessionals Behavioral Health Research Development Corporation-Little Rock, AR)

  • Former organizational member of

  • Former speaker for , a World Congress that publishes 700+ leading-edge peer reviewed, Open Access Journals that operates with the help of 50,000+ Editorial Board Members and esteemed reviewers, and 1000+ Scientific associations in Medical, Clinical, Pharmaceutical, Engineering, Technology and Management Fields across the globe.

  • Designed the Texas Leasing Agent Reference Manual (2009), an up-to-date office reference that eases the job of an entry-level leasing agent, after settling (2) two Fair Housing cases with the Texas Workforce Commission and the U.S. Department of Housing (HUD).

    Available on :

  • In 2008, Jorea created a (3) three part training series, Nonprofit Management and Grantsmanship for inmates titled, "National Social Rehabilitation and ReEntry Program".

    The series has been listed in many prison magazines through the years.

    In 2009, Jorea graduated with a diploma in Nonprofit Organizational Management (and co-sponsored by The Meadows Foundation and the Center for Nonprofit Management, Dallas, Texas) from Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, Texas.

    Her old training guides are available on :

  • In 2009, Jorea coordinated the submission journal article abstract for SJM Family Foundation to The Foundation Review, a peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes articles for foundation staff. It covers evaluation results, tools, issues confronting the philanthropic sector, and reflective practice.

    The Foundation Review is published by the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy of the Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI.

  • In 2016, articles about PARfessionals' behavorial apps, including the Peer Leadership University/PLJ m-Library app were published by of Tokyo, Japan.

  • The Peer Recovery Service Directory of Library and Information Science of the PARfessionals Behavioral Health Research Development Corporation, an Arkansas based private research development firm for Peer Support and Recovery Providers in Addictions.


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"Created in 1988, the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders is an international credentialing body devoted to establishing and upholding the HIGHEST standards for the provision of treatment in the addictive disorders."