IAFF Center of Excellence
Community Outreach Director
Myrrhanda Jones is the Community Outreach Director for the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery that opened in March 2017. Myrrhanda graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Telecommunications with a double minor in Non-Profit Organizational Leadership and Computer Science. She began working for Advanced Recovery Systems in August 2016 as a territory representative in Charlotte, North Carolina. Advanced Recovery Systems is an integrated behavioral healthcare management company that provides adolescent and adult addiction, substance abuse, eating disorder and mental health treatment programs around the country. Myrrhanda now solely represents the Center of Excellence and travels across the country, educating members on the services that the treatment facility provides. She works with local departments to verify their insurance benefits to ensure their members can access the facility when needed. Myrrhanda coordinates and hosts tours at the center along with working as a liaison between Advanced Recovery Systems and the IAFF. Advanced Recovery Systems is different from most behavioral healthcare companies in many ways. However, the one thing that stands out above the rest is that ARS is not in the business of fixing people, but to educate clients on how they can live long and healthy lives in recovery. For any questions or requests, please contact Myrrhanda Jones at [email protected].
What are your top three bucket list items?
1. Take a two-month road trip to visit the national parks across America
2. Travel to Norway to see the Aurora Borealis
3. Enjoy a college football game in every stadium in the Southeastern Conference
What would your personal tagline be?
“Believe in the Plan.” As cliché as it sounds, I wish there was more love and acceptance in the world. We live in a time that is closed by the darkness of hatred. I believe that love is the light. To quote Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Love is love is love is love cannot by killed or swept aside.”
“Thank you for meeting with our executive board and the members from our EAP clinical team. After today, I believe our clinicians saw the importance of sending our members to an IAFF specific treatment program.” Paul Motondo, President, L0280 Syracuse
“Thanks again for your presentations at our district meetings. If there is anything the OAPFF can do to help your efforts, please let us know. Stay safe.” Bill Mastroainni, Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters
“Myrrhanda, thank you for making the trip to Wisconsin to share the immense importance of this great partnership with the IAFF and Advanced Recovery Systems. Your message is very appreciated!” Jerry Biggart, Education and EMS Chair, Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin