Jose Flores spent almost 13 years incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, for burglary, robbery, and substance related charges. Jose spent 8 of those years in solitary confinement and was released in January 2012. He is a strong advocate for individuals living with substance use and mental health conditions and conveys his own lived experience to any environment, to break the stigma of the formerly incarcerated. Jose is also a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Substance Abuse Professional, Internationally Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional, Justice Involved Re-Entry Peer Specialist, and Community Health Worker. Jose is a graduate of the San Antonio College where he earned an Associates of Applied Sciences in Human Services w/ a Specialization in Addictions Counseling, as well as The University of Texas A&M-San Antonio, where he earned a B.A.A.S in Social Sciences. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in mental health counseling.