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2011 – 2014 Strategic Plan
What We Believe
Faces & Voices believes that our nation’s response to the crisis of addiction should be based on sound public health science and the grassroots engagement and involvement of the recovery community – people in recovery, their families, friends and allies – organized in identifiable and mobilized networks of recovery community and allied organizations that foster collaboration, advocacy and public education about the reality of addiction recovery.
We envision a day when public and private policies have been implemented at the local, state and federal levels to help individuals and families get the help they need to recover, including access to effective care including treatment, peer and other recovery support services. Policies that discriminate against people in or seeking recovery will have been reversed and removed.
The over 23 million Americans who have yet to recover and the 20 million Americans in recovery will lead new lives, free from addiction to alcohol and other drugs and they will be active in a growing national recovery movement. The public will accord individuals and their families dignity and they will receive respectful, nondiscriminatory care on the same basis as people with other health conditions. Their “faces and voices of recovery” from all walks of life will serve powerfully to educate the public, policy makers and the media about the reality of addiction recovery, creating widespread public understanding of the many pathways to recovery.
OUR VISION: Individuals, families and communities affected by alcohol and other drugs have universal access to the support needed to achieve recovery, health, wellness and civic engagement. Faces & Voices of Recovery believes that in order for this vision to be realized the following conditions must be in place:
OUR MISSION: Faces & Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 20 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, our families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery.
Faces & Voices of Recovery’s Board of Directors developed its 2011-2014 Strategic Plan to further refine the organization’s strategic direction. It builds on the organization’s successes since its founding in 2001. With over 25,000 members, Faces & Voices works to improve the lives of the 43 million Americans affected by alcohol and other drugs, their families and communities.
Faces & Voices is the nationally-recognized voice of the organized recovery community. Our accomplishments include training tens of thousands of advocates; incubating and strengthening a growing network of grassroots recovery community organizations; enactment of new federal policies to end discrimination facing people with addiction; organizing Rally for Recovery! which has successfully brought over 80,000 individuals together for an annual national day of advocacy and recognition; sponsoring Recovery Voices Count, a non-partisan civic engagement campaign where tens of thousands of voters were registered and candidates educated about issues of importance to the recovery community.
The enactment of national health reform; recognition of innovative peer recovery support services; state and national policy makers’ attention to recovery, health and wellness; and a maturing network of recovery community organizations create a fertile opportunity for Faces & Voices to capitalize on and leverage its successes. Given this environmental context, Faces & Voices will focus on three priorities over the next three years:
- Mobilizing and organizing to raise the national profile of the organized recovery community and help more Americans find recovery by demonstrating that over 20 million Americans from all walks of life have found recovery and promote widespread understanding that long-term recovery is a reality and a process that takes time and support.
- Building the capacity of Recovery Community organizations to thrive and participate in local, state and national policy arenas, deliver peer recovery support services; and mobilize the local recovery community.
- Addressing public policy to reduce the discrimination that keeps people from seeking recovery or moving on to better lives once they achieve it; and support recovery-oriented policies and programs.
Finally, to ensure that Faces and Voices can successfully achieve the goals outlined in this strategic plan, the organization must also build its internal capacity and devote resources to infrastructure development. This strategic plan outlines a set of goals and strategies for increasing revenue and strengthening the internal capacity of the organization.