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Media Coverage

Alessandra Toscanelli has made quite an impact as a Key Note/Motivational Speaker and Advocate. From exclusive behind the scenes moments to personally sharing about her experiences with the Justice system, Family Court, mental health, recovery, and surviving domestic violence there is no shortage of press coverage to explore. Have a look at some of the news and headlines over the past few years...

Alessandra Toscanelli - Leaving Hope & Recovery

January 17th, 2018

Endings... Beginnings... & everything in between... This is two weeks notice... #NewYearNewDreams

Alessandra Toscanelli - Behind the Scenes of Theta Therapy

November 26th, 2017

Suffering with Complex PTSD, & Generalized Anxiety Disorder... I have tried may treatment options including: Counseling, Trauma-focused Psychotherapies, Art Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, & most recently Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)... Will Theta Therapy help my PTSD???

Advocating for Recovery: Getting Personal & Keeping It Real

October 24, 2017

Speaking out & sharing my story at the Annual Regional Behavioral Health Legislative Dinner was intensely emotional during moments yet it was EMPOWERING. & when I finished... I received a standing ovation. It was a very surreal moment and an honor. Thank you.

My topics consisted of my personal experience with Mental Illness, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Domestic Violence, Incarceration, Recovery, and living with hope... #HopeandRecovery

Alessandra Toscanelli: Featured Mental Health & Recovery Expert

October 18th, 2017

Speaking on a Town Hall Panel during the Bannock County Bond Proposal was one of those moments I will never forget... Embracing not only my job, but also the moment - to publicly talk about jail, being an inmate, the process of recovery, & the hope for our community - was amazing!!! 

Click on button below and go to minute 39-ish to hear me or listen to the whole panel to hear some awesome speakers!!!

Advocating Change: Big Momma's House

January 22, 2017

Multimedia Journalist, Author, Public Speaker & Advocate, Alessandra Toscanelli shares her personal struggles & story with homelessness, overcoming the emotional turmoil after surviving domestic violence, the need to repair the self-worth of those who've experienced homelessness.

Cross-Cultural Perspectives: This is Harmonic Noises

July 28th, 2016

While covering the Idaho International Choral Festival for the Idaho State Journal, I had the pleasure of meeting the most amazing groups and spending time with them. Here is a Shout Out from Thailand, The Land of Smiles ~ IICF 2016


13 finalists make the cut for open Pocatello City Council seat

In the news...

POCATELLO — The field of potential new Pocatello City Council members is down to 13.
Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad announced Tuesday the list of candidates he will be interviewing for the City Council seat vacated by Steve Brown. “Thank you to everyone who submitted their application,” said Mayor Blad. “I had a strong group of applicants to sort through and I am proud to see so many step forward and offer their service to the citizens of Pocatello.”

Pocatello's NAACP branch grants numerous community members with prestigious awards

2016 NAACP Award Dinner

POCATELLO — The 2016 Annual Freedom Fund and Award Banquet for the Pocatello Branch of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) was held Oct. 15 in the Idaho State University Ballroom. A number of community members were recognized for their dedication to the Pocatello community.

Bingham Memorial Hospital donates $5,000 to Big Momma's House

Raising Money & Hope for the Homeless

Bingham Memorial Hospital donated $5,000 to Big Momma's House on Friday.
Mark Baker, Bingham Memorial Hospital director of marketing and public relations; Gil Judkins, realtor; Jacqualine Thomas, pastor of Praise Temple of God church; Alessandra Toscanelli, board member of Big Momma's House; Kevin England, mayor of Chubbuck; and Paul Guisande, community member were in attendance...

Opioid overdose drug available over-the-counter at Albertsons

Making the Overdose Drug Narcan Available

Hope and Recovery officials in Pocatello say they have recovery coaches available at the center who are willing to go with anyone to Albertsons to buy the Narcan drug. Alessandra Toscanelli is the Program Director and Recovery Coach at Hope and Recovery. She says, "We also want to let people know... that shame in asking for it can easily be removed by coming into Hope and Recovery and having a recovery coach go with them and help facilitate that."