Mapping the Road to Recovery

A nearly $1 million, one-year grant from the State of New Jersey Department of Health Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services will allow Montclair State students in recovery access to enhanced services – from housing and counseling to meditation and yoga – that support their recovery efforts.

Painting depicting road to recovery.

The University takes a different approach to recovery, says assistant director for Residence Life and grant project leader Kevin Schafer. “We don’t follow the traditional 12-step model for substance use disorder recovery,” he says. Instead, the University’s holistic wellness model helps students develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. The Residents in Recovery program has offered students a substance-free campus community with 24/7 support. In fall 2018, the grant will fund scholarships for recovering students who wish to live on campus but can’t afford to.

It also covers residence hall renovations; augmented University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) programs; a new Allies in Recovery program designed to help reduce stigma; and more.

“This grant enables us to strengthen the groundwork we’ve begun for recovery housing and increase our recovery services,” says Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life Karen L. Pennington.