Bio: Katy Curtis (Co-Founder of RIPPLE — Recovery Innovations for Pursuing Peer Leadership and Empowerment) has lived with an undiagnosed, untreated anxiety disorder (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) since early childhood. A survivor of cancer and a heart attack (among other health issues), Katy’s underlying mental health condition was not definitively diagnosed until 2014. Despite her own mental and physical challenges, she has worked tirelessly both on her self-care and advocacy for people with a variety of disabilities most of her life.
Katy worked in the developmentally delayed and mental health fields in Pennsylvania and Connecticut (from 1980 to 1990) at inpatient facilities for the Department of Developmental Services (known at the time as the Department of Mental Retardation) and for private agencies serving people with mental illness in various roles (including Group Home Manager).
In 2014, Katy came to the Recovery Movement as a consumer/peer. She had walked away from her career in the mental health field saying, “I’ll come back to Human Services when they become humane.” Katy has been actively seizing the current social momentum to make her dream of a humane human services system and the effectively influencing voice of the consumer a reality.