The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has awarded nearly $100,000 in funding to expand the statewide capacity of recovery resources for adults in educational environments through Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs).
CRPs are college or university-provided, supportive environments within the campus culture that reinforce the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from substance use.
The following grant recipients were selected by DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy:
- Bridge Valley Community and Technical College $18,405
- Fairmont State University $20,000
- Marshall University Research Corporation $20,000
- West Virginia State University $19,995
- West Virginia University Research Corporation $20,000
“CRPs are an important part of Governor Jim Justice’s comprehensive plan to support recovery,” said Susie Mullens, Interim Director of DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy. “This funding will allow these higher education institutions to provide additional recovery support and resources, ultimately helping students pursue their educational goals with the benefit of a recovery community on campus.”
Data collected from collegiate recovery programs nationwide show that students in CRPs have nearly a 90% graduation rate compared with a 61% institution-wide graduation rate (Laudet, 2013). Furthermore, the relapse rate each semester is low, at approximately 4 percent to 8 percent.