Las Vegas, NV:  The Nevada Statewide Recovery Network Project, a new initiative to promote, support and enhance recovery community and peer recovery support organizations and services throughout Nevada, has officially launched by the Foundation for Recovery. The first project of its kind in Nevada, and funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, the Nevada Statewide Recovery Network aims to mobilize Nevada’s recovery community to address the absence of the peer voice to become an integral part of the integration of physical and behavioral health service systems, to educate key recovery stakeholder organizations and peers on how to develop best practices and policies, and to stress the importance of why we need peer recovery support services to sustain recovery in Nevada.

“We are extremely pleased to launch this project in support of addiction and mental health recovery in Nevada,” stated Dona Dmitrovic, Executive Director of Foundation for Recovery. “Knowing that an opioid epidemic is hurting families and communities across the state and the nation, we are committed to working collaboratively with key stakeholders and community advocates so we can effectively tackle this issue.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nevada’s overdose rate in 2010 was 20.7 per 100,000 population — well above the national rate of 12.4 per 100,000. While the state has seen a decline in overdose deaths, opiate-related hospitalizations have steadily increased. Statistics from the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health show inpatient hospitalizations for opioids jumped from 4,518 in 2010 to 8,231 in 2015.  During that same time, emergency room visits related to opioids more than doubled to 7,035 from 3,095.  The largest gaps in substance use disorder peer support services in Nevada, as noted in the DHHS June 2015 Needs Assessment, are consistently reported to be: 1) Adult and youth substance abuse support; 2) Recovery Supports: Peer support; 3) Community Support: Assistance with education and 4: Community Support: Recovery housing.

The Nevada Statewide Recovery Network Project is an initiative of Foundation for Recovery (FFR), a non-profit organization that promotes the positive impact of addiction, and/or co-occurring recovery to enhance the lives of individuals and families affected by this disease.  FFR works to foster a safe and supportive environment for peer-centered education, services and engagement.  FFR’s programs and partnerships open pathways to recovery by removing social barriers and creating opportunities for those seeking and maintaining long-term recovery.

For more information on how to get involved please contact Chelsey Mony at cMony@forRecovery.org

Shannon Egan
Development & Communications Director
Foundation for Recovery

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