To help address alcohol and drug misuse and addiction, Central Michigan University is entering a collaborative partnership with Ten 16 Recovery Network to create the Central Michigan Collegiate Recovery Education and Wellness program. The nonprofit is leasing space on campus to better serve students in the university community.
“CMCREW will help educate, inform and empower students to make smart choices that will limit the negative consequences of alcohol and other drug misuse,” said Jessica Miller, program supervisor. “We hope to focus on alcohol and other drug misuse prevention and early intervention, as well as to offer support services for students in recovery to ensure that they can stay in school and succeed.”
Collegiate recovery programs are already available at 12 other Midwestern institutions, including the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. There are more than 70 on college campuses across the U.S.
“Alcohol and drug misuse and addiction affects student success and retention,” said Tony Voisin, associate vice president of student affairs. “Ten 16 Recovery Network has a wealth of knowledge and will help us support students who struggle with alcohol and drug use.”
Miller is working alongside Gabe Stumme, a CMCREW student support coordinator, to develop the program at CMU. They are currently conducting stakeholder interviews on campus and in the community — including students, faculty and staff — to determine needs and learn about concerns and services already provided.
Stumme says community and student needs will be center to CMCREW’s offerings.
“Having a sense of belonging is key to student success. It’s harder for students in recovery to be connected because some activities in a college community are hostile to their recovery,” Stumme said.
Stumme will help students develop recovery plans and provide one-on-one support. According to the Association of Recovery in Higher Education, 95 percent of students who participate in a collegiate recovery program maintain their recovery.
The funding for CMCREW and its staff — secured by Ten 16 Recovery Network — comes from Isabella County PA2/Liquor Tax Funds that are managed by Mid-State Health Network. In addition to providing space, CMU has supported the program by providing funds from discipline fines from alcohol and drug offenses.