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RecoveryPeople Welcomes New Board Members

Join RecoveryPeople in welcoming four new board members. RecoveryPeople is a nonprofit that engages, educates and empowers a network of interconnected stakeholders within the recovery community to promote recovery from substance use and related mental health challenges. RecoveryPeople advocates for consumers, coordinates workforce development and incubates service provider best practices. 

Our new board members bring a wealth of experience, talents and diversity, which will help guide RecoveryPeople’s future:

  • Monica Sanchez is an ally of recovery from the Rio Grande Valley who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has extensive advocacy, nonprofit and fundraising experience.  
  • Keith Montgomery is a person in long term recovery from mental health and substance use issues living in Austin, Texas who is a Masters Addiction Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
  • Michael Hendrix is a person in long term recovery living in Austin, Texas with extensive experience in government and media relations as well as nonprofit and fundraising experience. 
  • Gray Borchering is a person in long term recovery living in Dallas, Texas with extensive business development and management experience in both small business and Fortune 500 companies.

“Valuing the Voices of Lived Experience”

February 5, 2020

I hope this post finds everyone well and striving to live your best life.  “Advocacy is the act of speaking on the behalf of or in support of another person, place or thing.” (Merrian-Webster Dictionary) Many times organizations work on behalf of certain populations without giving them a voice at the table. The slogan “Nothing…

Rural Community Action Guide for Addiction Recovery

February 3, 2020

A number of US agencies and stakeholder organizations collaborated on the development of this guide to rural addiction recovery. The guide complements both the Community Assessment Tool, which gives county specific data about deaths and factors which may make a community more vulnerable to addiction, and the Federal Rural Resources Guide, which includes comprehensive information about different…

Super Model Amber Valletta shares about her recovery

January 14, 2020

It is awesome when people use their celebrity to raise awareness by telling their story in a way that is relatable educational. Listen to her courage, vulnerability and wisdom in this video. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14348/how-i-live-with-addiction-every-day-amber-valletta.html

Deaths associated with fentanyl and meth stimulants are increasing

January 12, 2020

A study of toxicology test results highlight poly use trends and an increase in deaths related to fentanyl and meth.

Congressional Report on Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD)

January 6, 2020

The IMD Exclusion has been a hot topic, with some advocating for changing it and other advocating for protecting it. What is it? And where do you stand? This is a great resource to help you decide.

Texas Veterans get help clearing criminal charges in Bexar County.

January 6, 2020

Veterans Legal clinic for FREE legal consultations with attorneys for clearing criminal records through petitions for expunctions and orders of non-disclosure for offenses in Bexar County. The free legal clinic for Texas Veterans will be held on January 30, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas.  Register today at centraltexas.veteranslegalservices.us  The Veterans must register on-line in advance of…

RCC Poll

December 31, 2019

Recovery Capital Conference 2020 RecoveryPeople is excited to announce that we have teamed up with our Community Partners across the State and have set the dates for the 2020 Recovery Capital Conferences.  This 2-day conference is offered without expense to reduce barriers for participation. Registration is coming soon, along with details regarding location(s) and date(s).…

Who should receive the 2020 Mac McLester Champion of Recovery Award?

December 20, 2019

Communities for Recovery is soliciting nominations for the 2020 Mac McLester Champion of Recovery Award. The award is for individuals who have made significant contributions to the Central Texas recovery community. This includes but not limited to areas such as research, prevention, treatment, advocacy, judicial/criminal justice, and sober housing. This is a great opportunity for…

Carl Hunter is recognized by NAACP

December 19, 2019

RecoveryPeople’s Peer Policy Fellow, Carl Hunter received an award for his outstanding leadership in the Austin community from the Austin Branch of the NAACP during their 54th Annual DeWitty/Overton Freedom Fund Banquet. Policy change is challenging and often goes unrecognized. A big thanks to the NAACP supporting and celebrating our community leaders.      

Should peer specialist have their own Department of Labor (DOL) occupational classification?

December 18, 2019

“One Classification Counts” is a campaign launched by the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS), which urges all peer workers—regardless of job title, population served, or workplace setting—to submit their occupation on the 2020 census under a single standard classification: Peer Support Specialist. This could allow for better data collection and reporting on numbers of…