Hope for Our Future: the Oregon Recovery High School Initiative
Did you know…
- Nearly 50% of all high school students currently use an addictive substance, and one in three of those meets the medical criteria for addiction
- Almost 70% of teens who go to a treatment center and return to their community high school relapse within 6 months to 1 year
- Oregon ranks near the very bottom – 48th out of 50 states – for teens needing but not receiving access to drug treatment services
- The “recovery high school” model is a critical part of the solution to this crisis, and a critical part of a continuum of care for young people in our community.
Please join us on February 13 to hear from leaders of the Oregon Recovery High School Initiative, a coalition of recovery advocates, educators, health system professionals and business leaders committed to launching a “gold standard” recovery high school – the first in Oregon – for students impacted by substance use disorders. Bring your questions and get the latest updates on this exciting initiative, set to launch in 2019 in Clackamas County.
Tony Mann (ORHSI Chair and Co-Founder): For nearly two decades, Tony has worked as a public school leader, serving schools and communities ranging from rural America to the suburbs, from Oregon’s Wine Country to the diverse communities of East Multnomah County. For the last five years he has worked as the Superintendent of Schools for the Molalla River School District. As co-founder of the Oregon Recovery High School Initiative, Tony believes there are educational solutions specific to the needs of young people experiencing addiction. Research-supported, evidence-based school design focused on recovery from substance use disorders is the keystone. Such a school is capable of providing adolescents in recovery with a robust framework of support, energizing long-term recovery and delivering on the promises all young people deserve.
Pam Pearce (Co-Founder and Vice-Chair): Pam is a popular and highly sought after prevention educator in the Portland Metro Region. She currently serves as the President of the Community Living Above in West Linn, Oregon. Community Living Above works to support the West Linn community, specifically its young people, with drug and alcohol prevention education, access to youth support resources, and peer-to-peer encouragement, so young people can live above the influences that don’t support being the best person that they can be. Over the years Pam has been a contributor and prevention resource for online recovery sites and has shared her personal experience in recovery and as a prevention expert on blogs and through speaking engagements in Oregon. Her passion for prevention education led her to get involved with several local, state, and national groups supporting prevention awareness/education, and recovery, including Clackamas County Prevention Coalition, CC Mental Health and Addiction Council member, Clear Alliance, and Facing Addiction w/NCADD.
Paul Bryant (Board Member): Paul Bryant, LCSW, CADC III, is the Clinical Director of Kaiser Permanente’s Addiction Medicine Program. Paul has been working in the Addiction Medicine field since 2004 and his clinical background is treating adolescents struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. In addition to working with adolescents Paul has extensive experience working with parents and family members of youth struggling with addiction and mental health both in facilitating Family Education/Support groups and as a Family Therapist. One of his passions is finding ways to leverage Kaiser Permanente’s mission of supporting a healthy community to help underfunded organizations that serve those with addiction and mental health struggles.
THANK YOU TO KAISER PERMANENTE FOR SPONSORING THIS EVENT!