Despite lack of funding, the Texas Recovery Oriented Housing Network (TROHN) had certified 56 recovery residences operated by 26 providers representing 597 beds from Houston to El Paso, and from South Padre Island to Lubbock by 2013. This is also when the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) voted SoberHood/TROHN’s Executive Director, Jason Howell, as the NARR Board President. Hesitant to shift limited resources from the state to the national level, a longview strategic decision was made to address national barriers that would have continued to undermine statewide expansion of the TROHN certification program. By providing leadership at the national level, RecoveryPeople (then known as SoberHood) was able to access national information channels, networks, and platforms. This quickly opened doors to leadership opportunities such as participating on an advisory board defining national Practices Standards for Peer Delivered Services.
At the state level, we launched our Workforce Development Program, becoming a Peer Recovery Support (PRS) / Peer Recovery Coach Trainer. We also became more adept at advocacy, participating in the state Analysis of Impediments process, and testifying at public hearings around fair housing rights. To learn more, read the 2013 Impact Report.
Our 18-month advocacy program was very successful, and we immediately started working with partners to replicate it going forward. Peers were more engaged in the legislative process than ever before, contributing to the Peer Support Bill passing unopposed. The HRSA grant allowed us to expand our workforce development program to include a Recovery Residence Manager training, which attracted students from 12 different states in 2017. Across the HRSA and SAMHSA grant, we held 3 recovery retreats, which were very well received, and gave us a successful event format that we will build upon in the future.
Officially rebranded to RecoveryPeople. Given 3 years of phenomenal growth driven by consecutive federal grants, it was time for a facilitated strategic planning process that solicited input from individuals who had participated in our programming: stakeholders, staff and Board Members. The process was transformative and brought new clarity for our future. The input we received overwhelmingly pointed us towards rebranding SoberHood into RecoveryPeople, because it better translates our mission and scope. To learn more, read our 2017 Impact Report.