S.A.F.E. Project US Partners with ARHE on Collegiate Recovery Leadership Academy

National non-profit announces collaborative effort on college campuses nationwide, as part of its “S.A.F.E. Campuses” initiative

HOUSTON,TX – Today at the University of Houston, the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) and S.A.F.E. Project US (S.A.F.E.) announced a partnership and unique opportunity for college students in recovery to thrive and move forward in a supportive environment.

S.A.F.E. and ARHE unveiled the Recovery Leadership Regional Academy during remarks at the nation’s largest comprehensive collegiate recovery conference, where more than 700 attendees are gathered for four days of educational sessions and collaboration. The Academy will provide college students in or seeking recovery assistance for substance use disorder with the information needed to create and strengthen efforts on their campuses, while training them to be effective leaders throughout life.

S.A.F.E. Project US is very excited about working with the team at ARHE,” said Co-Founder Admiral James Winnefeld.  “Our son Jonathan entered college life at a vulnerable point in his recovery, without a supportive community on campus, and we lost him three days into his freshman year.  S.A.F.E. was established to, among other purposes, identify critical gaps like this in recovery.  One of our key efforts is to work with ARHE to create S.A.F.E Campuses. The Recovery Leadership Regional Academy will make a major contribution to this effort.  It will strengthen and support students in recovery, help them eliminate stigma, and further empower them to redirect their lives.”

The Academy will host 2-day regional Campus Recovery Leadership Academy convenings nationwide from 2018 to 2020, beginning this November in Washington, DC.  The program will be attended by students who are currently involved in a campus recovery programs or are interested in developing recovery support services on their campuses.

“The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) continues to prioritize support for collegiate recovery programs and development opportunities for the students they serve,” said ARHE Executive Director Tim Rabolt. “Partnering with S.A.F.E. Project US to provide the skills and tools to maximize those student development opportunities truly brings collegiate recovery leadership to the forefront of the field.”

Learn more about the Recovery Leadership Regional Academy: collegiaterecovery.org/academy/.

Learn more about S.A.F.E. Campuses:  safeproject.us/safe-campuses.

About S.A.F.E. Project US: S.A.F.E. (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic) is a non-governmental organization that is committed to contributing in a tangible way to overcoming the epidemic of opioid addiction in the United States. The organization uses an action-oriented, fact-based, non-partisan approach to substantial progress through six interdependent lines of operation that address public awareness, full-spectrum prevention, prescription medicine, law enforcement and medical response, treatment and recovery and family outreach and support.  The organization was founded in November 2017 by retired Navy Admiral and former ninth vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James Winnefeld and his wife Mary Winnefeld, after they lost their 19-year old son, Jonathan, to an accidental opioid overdose. For more information, visit safeproject.us.

About Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE)

The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) is the only association exclusively representing collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) and communities (CRCs), the faculty and staff who support them, and the students who represent them.  ARHE provides the education, resources and community connection needed to help change the trajectory of recovering student’s lives. We are a network of professionals, administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents and policymakers that serves as a national support for propagating and supporting the vision of collegiate recovery programs. ARHE offers time-tested research- and experience-based modeling for fostering and supporting those in recovery who seek to excel in higher education.  ARHE is the central authority on the modeling and tailoring of CRPs to best integrate them into the institution, and ultimately to best serve students in recovery. For more information, visit collegiaterecovery.org/.