Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRP) & Housing: Considerations for CRP Implementation and Development

with Anne Thompson Heller, Jonathan Beazley

About This Course

What are collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) and why are they so important? Answers to these questions will provided along with experiences and lessons learned from the University of Connecticut’s UConn Recovery Community (URC) to help you explore the feasibility and practicality of implementing and further developing a CRP on your campus.

The UConn Recovery Community (URC) celebrated its fourth anniversary last month, growing from a small handful of invested students in recovery to a community that now has its own house with residential capacity. The establishment of our Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) was a response to a growing need within our campus: where could our students - who had taken the steps to quit using substances - find sober refuge, social interaction with kindred others, and wrap-around support services, in a collegiate environment where alcohol and drug use were seemingly everywhere?

In February of 2013, the co-presenters decided to launch a CRP in an effort to provide such needed programming for these young adults. Over the next four years, we have learned, among many other things,  the importance of researching established CRPs for guidance, garnering the support of upper administration, unearthing available funding sources, collaborating with other stakeholders within the university, while listening to and harnessing the most powerful resource available to us-the enthusiasm and commitment of our URC student members and allies.

The URC presently has a house with residential capacity for eight students in recovery, as one of the many supports we offer. Managing this program, its promise - and potential problems - has required teamwork between several university departments: residential life; counseling and mental health; student health services, wellness, and prevention; as well as the ongoing cooperation from top student affairs administrators. In this live briefing, we hope to share some of the lessons learned along our journey.

Learning Outcomes

Participants in this live briefing will:

  • be able to explain what a CRP is and the benefits of a CRP for students in recovery;
  • be able to describe at least two variations and similarities between different collegiate recovery programs (CRP);
  • be able to identify initial steps and valuable resources in implementing a CRP on their campus; and
  • explore considerations for best practices in the implementation and development of a CRP.