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When a Matter Matters Most

June 30, 2020
Today, matter has a new meaning. By definition, a matter is important and significant.  For many, their recovery matters most, as does mine.  In years past, I have had the opportunity to go to Washington, DC and attend a conference and meet and mingle with friends and associates in recovery—with hugs and handshakes. I arrived with expectation and motivation to gain wisdom and fellowship. I was never disappointed. This year, Washington D.C came to me. The Faces & Voices of Recovery virtual Recovery Leadership Summit was filled with expectation, anticipation, and curiosity. I was prepared to Zoom into the virtual world of conferencing in a new and expansive way.  I made my bed, showered, and dressed presentably for viewing and being viewed. The only travel required was to the frig and the necessary room. Bed and board were at hand. I settled in my comfortable chair and put my best face forward. I launched into what turned out to be a most wonder—full experience. All was handled expertly by presenters, technicians, and participants. It took only a short time to go with the magical flow. I became quite pleased with myself as a process navigator. Meeting and greeting were easy. I broke in to break-outs like a burglar. I saw familiar faces and was glad to be one. It was an A+ experience.    Words have meaning and power. I listened to the presenters, picking out the pearls of power in words. As we were being educated, I captured these words. “We have to show we care before they care about what we know, “A movement changes hearts and minds” and “It takes time and experience to adapt, heal, and change.” It was a factor in the discussion about Virtual Recovery Support Services (VRSS) a way of the future. It is about maintaining hope, purpose, authenticity, and connection. For me, PC is not about the wasteful use of political correctness, but promoting, preserving, and prolonging connection with those being served for a period of years. In the process, developing recovery community authenticity for the community.      The keynoters were great. I particularly appreciated Leslie Crutchfield sharing her knowledge of the manner and means by which movements succeed. She has many examples. I noted the movement to reduce the use of tobacco. She outlined message, messenger, and motivation. Holy hairballs! Who knew cats were affected by second-hand smoke? They made a mighty meow. There were other examples with evident success such as MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The science of addiction tells us why people continued to drink and drive regardless of the consequences. Mother’s are not to be messed with, so repetition, recognition, persistence, and patience in the matter of the message made substantial safety and economic impact.     Of course, there is a message for us in advancing the recovery movement.  The impact of the Pandemic, mitigation and economic free-fall has created a major set-back for the country. Incidentally, at a different pace and time.  I heard the word set-back used in place of relapse. I like it much better. Within the scope of it all, is the data about the increased use and misuse of alcohol and other drugs. Understandable and very unfortunate. It is said that crisis provides opportunity. Incidentally, it also provides opportunists, good ones and bad ones. There was never a more important requirement for the presence and provision of recoveryready communities. The Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) can be a primary benefactor through its blend of services including peer support, providing economical but impactful outcomes.  We can build a constituency of consequence and a collective of consequence. Obvious from our Leadership Summit, our wealth is in our knowledge and experience.  What we see in the ARCO membership is noble, servant leadership: “A noble leader answers not to the trumpet calls of self-promotion, but to the hushed whispers of necessity.” — Mollie Marti.  Servant leadership is a model of leadership that focuses on the growth and well-being of the communities that are served.  I’m filled with gratitude at being a participant and receiver of so much knowledge in the Recovery Leadership Summit. Congratulations to Faces & Voices of Recovery and all who contributed to this wonder-full event. 

The Transformative Effect of Belonging and Empowerment

June 29, 2020

Belonging and empowerment have been some of the most powerful factors in both my personal recovery and professional work for the past 30 years. The sense of belonging within a peer group, a family, a community, or a movement, contributes to my sense of purpose and meaning in life.  This is certainly not unique to recovery; it’s what helps us thrive and survive as human beings.  Without it many of us will experience feeling lost, disconnected and hopeless. In the recovery movement, while many are outspoken and visible, not everyone wants to be visible or vocal in advocacy and activism.  We not only need to acknowledge that, but we need to be better at providing meaningful ways for all people to engage at the level they are comfortable with, if and when they choose to engage. However, most importantly, we need to ensure that everyone feels that they belong and that the recovery movement is for everyone. 

 

Recently, author and social change expert, Leslie Crutchfield was one of the keynote speakers at the 2020 Recovery Leadership Summit hosted by Faces & Voices of Recovery.  Leslie’s book, How Change Happens; Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don’t, is a must read for movement leaders.  It’s basically a framework based on the winning organizing strategies of movements like marriage equality, anti-tobacco, anti-drunk driving and gun rights.  In the recovery advocacy movement, we know that almost everyone is impacted by substance use disorders in some way and know someone who is in recovery. We’ve come a long way towards putting a face and a voice on recovery over the past twenty years.  However, as Leslie explains in her book, the transformative effect of creating a sense of belonging and empowerment is one of the most critical factors of movements that successfully impact social policy. There is so much more to be done to ensure that the movement is reflective of those who are most impacted and empowering new leadership whether in local communities, states or nationally.  As a woman in a leadership role who values a servant leadership philosophy, my commitment is to remain open to new ideas and the positive contributions of the incredibly diverse and passionate people of the recovery community.  I encourage everyone to reach out to myself and our team at Faces & Voices of Recovery to share your interests and enthusiasm for change in the recovery advocacy movement. 

NRI Newsletter – June 2020

June 23, 2020

June 2020
Digital Newsletter

Learn more with NRI!

We have been busy getting our training material submitted for Continuing Education credits through NAADAC.  You can earn Continuing Education credit with many of our face-to-face trainings as well as online.
Check them out here!

Don’t forget about our Mentor Program!

A mentor is an experienced Recovery Community Organization (RCO) leader who can provide guidance for the mentee’s organizational path. He/she is also available to the mentee to provide support with four professional coaching sessions per month. Mentors may also assist mentees with other networking opportunities relevant to their professional career.
The mentor may provide technical assistance in many general ways, but the following is a focused list of technical assistance topics on which the mentor/mentee relationship may provide insight:

  • Mission & Vision Statements
  • Strategic Planning
  • Governance
  • Grassroots Advocacy and Community Organizing
  • Public Education and Awareness
  • Recovery Support Services
  • Recovery Values and Principles
  • Participatory Process
Contact us for more information!
 

 

Reduced training rates are available for Faces & Voices Affiliates and for Members of the Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO).
Join Today!

RDP Newsletter – June 2020

June 9, 2020

June 2020
Digital Newsletter

You asked! We listened!

Many users have asked about a more in-depth referral reporting system. We are currently working to make this happen and look forward to rolling out a system to increase referral tracking, follow-up and referral.

Look for this enhancement this summer!

Going strong!

The Monthly Training Series is off to a great start! On a recurring basis the RDP team is providing an onboarding training series for Standard, Manager and Admin users.

Sign-up for this directly from the Homepage of RDP!

Sign up now!

ONLINE | 9am – 6 pm ET 

The countdown to RLS2020 has started! Don’t miss your chance to hear from prominent thought leaders and connect with recovery leaders across the nation.

The Recovery Leadership Summit brings together key leaders from Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) across the nation for networking and learning opportunities. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing policies, our team has created an awesome virtual experience with five tracks of workshop themes.

  • Leadership Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Advocacy and Public Policy
  • Peer Recovery Support Services
  • Family Focus
Register today!

CAPRSS Newsletter – June 2020

June 2, 2020

June 2020
Digital Newsletter

June 16, 2020 – 6:30pm ET

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Community Forum

We are asking for your participation and encourage your input.
We’re here to listen.
Join us in an open conversation on diversity, equity and inclusion.This event is free and open to everyone.

Join the Conversation Here

Have you registered for
Recover Leadership Summit yet??

Don’t miss your chance to hear from prominent thought leaders, colleagues, and recovery leaders across the nation.

The Recovery Leadership Summit brings together key leaders from Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) across the nation for networking and learning opportunities. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing policies, our team has created an awesome virtual experience with five tracks of workshop themes.

Register today!

Virtual Learning Community

Join us on June 10, 2020 at 12:00pm EST for a webinar on Strategic Reopening for Peer Recovery Support Services

This FREE webinar will be led by Darrin Acker from Communities for Recovery, a CAPRSS Accredited Organization

Please join us for a discussion on this evolving and important subject.This FREE webinar will review approaches to navigating relationships between parent organizations, fiscal agents, governing boards and advisory boards.

Please join us to learn how you can continue to grow and thrive as an organization.

Register Here!

Upcoming Webinars

Accreditation 101 – June 5, 2020 – 12pm EST

Accreditation 101 is an introduction to accreditation course, where participants will learn the mission and purpose of CAPRSS, an overview of the standards and criteria, the steps in the accreditation process, establish resources for getting your organization accreditation ready, and for completing your application for accreditation candidacy.

Register Here

NRI Newsletter – May 2020

May 26, 2020

May 2020
Digital Newsletter

What NRI has been up to!

We just completed week five of seven of virtual trainings for folks around the State of Florida, even during COVID-19.

Our virtual trainings are just as interactive as our in-person trainings!
We have breakout rooms, small and large group activities, and plenty of time for networking among participants.

Here are some comments from recent virtual attendees:

“It opened up my eyes on knowing how to approach and advocate for others especially those in recovery”

“I enjoyed the breakout rooms sessions, the valuable information shared by each presenter; the safe space provided for individuals to share their journey, for each to learn from other”

“I’ve gained knowledge of resources that will be helpful in furthering my own education in peer support”

Faces & Voices of Recovery is pleased to collaborate with the Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) and the Peer Support Coalition of Florida to build the capacity of Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) through training and technical assistance. 
Contact us about trainings here!

ONLINE | 9am – 6 pm ET 

The countdown to RLS2020 has started! Don’t miss your chance to hear from prominent thought leaders and connect with recovery leaders across the nation.

The Recovery Leadership Summit brings together key leaders from Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) across the nation for networking and learning opportunities. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing policies, our team has created an awesome virtual experience with five tracks of workshop themes.

  • Leadership Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Advocacy and Public Policy
  • Peer Recovery Support Services
  • Family Focus
Register Today!
 

 

 

Reduced training rates are available for Faces & Voices Affiliates and for Members of the Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO).
Join Today!

RDP Newsletter – May 2020

May 12, 2020

May 2020
Digital Newsletter

You made this happen!

The RDP team is excited to introduce our new monthly training series!

Based on your feedback we are now offering a recurring monthly training for your staff to attend as a general refresher or to assist in the on-boarding process for new staff.

In order to streamline concepts and engage multiple audiences, we are segmenting the 1.5 hour weekly trainings into three levels where attendees can simply log off once they have attended the training section relevant to their role.

Please use the following link to register for May’s Training Series and feel free to share this with staff members who want to learn more!

Sign up now!

ONLINE | 9am – 6 pm ET 

The countdown to RLS2020 has started! Don’t miss your chance to hear from prominent thought leaders and connect with recovery leaders across the nation.

The Recovery Leadership Summit brings together key leaders from Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) across the nation for networking and learning opportunities. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing policies, our team has created an awesome virtual experience with five tracks of workshop themes.

  • Leadership Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Advocacy and Public Policy
  • Peer Recovery Support Services
  • Family Focus
Register today!

CAPRSS Newsletter – May 2020

May 5, 2020

May 2020
Digital Newsletter

Virtual Learning Community – May & June

Join us on May 13, 2020 at 12:00pm EST for a webinar on Boards & Advisory Boards

This FREE webinar will review approaches to navigating relationships between parent organizations, fiscal agents, governing boards and advisory boards.

Please join us to learn how you can continue to grow and thrive as an organization.

Join us on again on June 10, 2020 at 12:00pm EST for a webinar on Strategic Reopening for Peer Recovery Support Services

This FREE webinar will be led by Darrin Acker from Communities for Recovery, a CAPRSS Accredited Organization

Please join us for a discussion on this evolving and important subject.

Register Here!

Congrats!

The Shed has recently become accredited, they are based out of New Hampshire and are doing amazing work.

Another congratulations is in order for the Oklahoma Citizen Advocates for Recovery and Transformation Association (OCARTA), who were recently re-accredited.

Spotlight

SOS Recovery Community Organization was accredited Exemplary in April of 2018. They are a community-based peer organization. Their values, much of their governance, their strategic direction, their programming and everything about SOS Recovery Community Organization is driven by the community and those they serve.

John Burns is a person in long term recovery and father of two daughters and two grandchildren.  John has his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, and has been a resident of Strafford County for over 25 years and a volunteer and advocate in the community with prevention, treatment, recovery and harm-reduction issues for several years.    John was on the initial peer advisory board for SOS RCO to help shape the vision before SOS opened Recovery Community Centers in Strafford County.  He founded Families Hoping and Coping, a peer-based family support group, in Dover in 2014 and they now have two chapters in Strafford County and the seacoast that meet weekly including one at SOS Recovery Center in Dover.  He also has been an active member of the OneVoice of Strafford County Opioid Taskforce for several years and sits on the Region Six Integrated Delivery Network Executive Committee on behalf of Recovery Supports.

Upcoming Webinars

Accreditation 101 – June 5, 2020 – 12pm EST

Accreditation 101 is an introduction to accreditation course, where participants will learn the mission and purpose of CAPRSS, an overview of the standards and criteria, the steps in the accreditation process, establish resources for getting your organization accreditation ready, and for completing your application for accreditation candidacy.

Register Here

Accreditation 201 – May 15, 2020 – 1pm EST

Accreditation 201 is designed to: Identify the elements of the CAPRSS standards taxonomy and how they relate. Describe the core domains and standards, and discuss how peer reviewers – and PRSS programs – will use standards, criteria, and elements of performance in the accreditation process.

Register Here

Facing the Phases—Together

May 5, 2020

These are troubled yet hopeful times. Under guidance and ultimate trust, we have acted to protect lives from being taken by an invisible vicious villain. In important ways we find ourselves being together yet being apartThe economic costs defy comprehension. All lives are precious and there is vulnerability among the elderly and those with underlying health problems. The villain appears to spare the children. Not so fast. There are some major concerns. School closings, disruption of education, less nutrition provision for many and less social, physical, and healthy activities. There is another major concern. No school means Isolation with small family units. New family dynamics and burdens are challenging. There are opportunities for many good things to happen. However, reports are beginning to show increases in domestic violence and alcohol consumption. Both a threat to all but especially young children.
 

I became acquainted with the Hazelden Betty Ford Children’s Program and Director Jerry Moe early in my own recovery. It focuses on children 7—12. When the program came to Denver, I got involved and stayed involved over the years. Jerry is a friend from whom I’ve learned a great deal. He has saidAddiction is often seen as a ‘grown-up’ issue, but it impacts children in ways that aren’t always visible. Having a parent battling addiction can be one of the most isolating and stressful situations young children and their families face.” The villain has turned everything upside down for young children. However, there is help and hope.  

“Sesame Street” introduced the topic of addiction to young viewers with the bright green Muppet character Karli. Jerry Moe helped develop the workshop and craft the Karli segments and resources.Six-year-old Karli talkto her friends about her mom’s problem” The series is designed to help children from tough circumstances deal with the stigma surrounding their difficult upbringings. During a scene in which Elmo and Karli are playing togetherKarli opens up about her mother’s addiction problem. Karli tells Elmo that her mom “was away for a while because she had a grown-up problem.” Elmo reassures her that her mother’s condition isn’t her fault and that she shouldn’t feel responsible. A 10-year-old girl named Salia befriends Karli and reassures kids of parents that are suffering from addiction that they’re not alone. She has had the lived experience they and Karli are going through. A very young peer with a powerful story.  

In a statement, Sesame Workshop said that there are currently about 5.7 million children in the U.S. under the age of 11 that live in households with a parent that has a substance use disorder. According to Sesame Workshop, Karli’s story shares the “words children need to hear most: You are not alone. You will be taken care of. Addiction is a sickness, and, as with any sickness, people need help to get better. And most importantly: It’s not your fault.” With the need for at home learning and entertainment, at the end of each online segment, viewers are referred to free online resources in both English and Spanish that include videos, storybooks, digital interactives, and games to help better understand the subject matter. There is significant home schooling.  

Nothing is a substitute for school for children and their parents. Most grownups are dealing with a myriad of issues—tomany to name. Data drives us daffy. Twain suggested our problem is not what we know but what we know that just ain’t so. The President needs practice in the art of the hope deal.  The media doesn’t deal in hope.  There is hope if you know where to look. Through the internet, those in recovery can find virtual meetings 24 hours a day. Parents can find parenting tips, Learning in a variety of ways is available.  Learning while being in recovery allows meaningful dealing with the today that is.  

We are crazily and phasely, moving toward the new normal but dragging some old normal mental health issues and some new ones with us. The recovery movement brings help and hope with an allin attitude. We want the dignity of work while living in the dignity of recovery.  One last thought. Don’t Drink—and Thrive. 

 

NRI Newsletter – April 2020

April 28, 2020

April 2020
Digital Newsletter

Is Quarantine Fatigue Setting in?

Working from home is challenging, but we are here for you.  Keep your brain moving with our array of virtual trainings!

Training fees include initial consultation, planning, preparation, delivery, registration, technology assistance, post-evaluation, Certificates of Completion (CEU’s NADAAC and IC&RC).

Whatever you need, we can work with you to create a training designed around those needs.

Learn more here!

Mentoring Available!

A mentor is an experienced Recovery Community Organization (RCO) leader who can provide guidance for the mentee’s organizational path. He/she is also available to the mentee to provide support with four professional coaching sessions per month.
Mentors may also assist mentees with other networking opportunities relevant to their professional career. The mentor may provide technical assistance in many general ways, but the following is a focused list of technical assistance topics on which the mentor/mentee relationship may provide insight:

  • Mission & Vision Statements
  • Strategic Planning
  • Governance
  • Grassroots Advocacy and Community Organizing
  • Public Education and Awareness
  • Recovery Support Services
  • Recovery Values and Principles
  • Participatory Process
Email us here!
 

 

 

Reduced training rates are available for Faces & Voices Affiliates and for Members of the Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO).
Join Today!