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UT has been awarded a $5,000 grant to better meet the needs of students in recovery while also supporting the creation of an online map of community recovery assets. The Center for Health Education and Wellness received the grant from the nonprofit Transforming Youth Recovery.

Through the grant, UT will create a map to help build a nationwide network of resource sharing and collaboration among collegiate recovery practitioners, students, and community members.

The grant also will help with the development of a student organization focused on recovery. The Rocky Top Recovery Group, formed during the spring 2015 semester, provides a supportive community for students in recovery on campus. The group participates in positive, service-oriented events, fellowship, education and outreach.

“The ultimate goal is to create a sustainable collegiate recovery program on campus that provides a safe, supportive, and fun environment for students in recovery from substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors,” said Ashley Blamey, director of Center for Health Education and Wellness.

Founded in 2013, the nonprofit Transforming Youth Recovery studies the community, educational and peer networks that influence youth development and achievement, and provides novel approaches that are dramatically expanding family and school-based prevention, intervention, and recovery services.

For more information about the effort or to get involved, contact wellness coordinator Rebecca Juarez at 974-5725 or