Robin has spent her professional career developing, managing, advocating for, and integrating public health, mental health, and substance use programs and policy, focusing on peer recovery support services. In 2019, she co-founded the Recovery Coalition of Texas, a statewide RCO, and served as the Executive Director until January 2022.
She is the former Executive Director of Communities for Recovery, a community-based non-profit that provides peer recovery services and supports to individuals in recovery from substance use or substance use and mental illness. Robin also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Faces & Voices of Recovery’s National Recovery Institute. In this capacity, she provides technical assistance on organizational development, board governance, and program development, as well as other topics. In addition, she mentors other recovery leaders working to develop peer-based systems in their state. Robin also serves as a Site Reviewer for the Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Services and Support (CAPRSS).
Prior to Communities for Recovery, she served as Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Texas for 7.5 years. She also spent over seven years as a Service Systems Development Specialist and Assistant Director for the Children’s Services Department of the Community Mental Health division of the Texas Department of State Health Services.
In 2013, she founded RLPeyson Consulting, providing consulting and technical assistance on substance use/mental health care policy development; non-profit organizational development and management; building a recovery-based organizational culture; development of curricula; grant/proposal writing and management, program implementation, grassroots organizing, and supporting readiness for CAPRSS accreditation. Her focus is on peer-based substance use and mental health recovery services and supports. Clients include the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Houston, CARDEA, Communities for Recovery, Recovery Alliance of El Paso, and DeepBench.
She is a family member in recovery and has several individuals in her family who are impacted by substance use and mental illness. She has found healing through a variety of paths on her recovery journey.