The Year in Review and Looking Ahead!

In 2017, Wisconsin Voices for Recovery had the opportunity to be a part of some amazing initiatives and recovery events all across the state. From Milwaukee to Ashland, West Bend to Green Bay, Wisconsin Voices for Recovery staff, Advisory Council Members, and supporters have been busy doing the important and challenging work of fighting addiction in Wisconsin and working towards a better future for recovery.

Just a few of the Highlights from 2017:

Story-telling Campaign with LOVE, WI

Website makeover (thanks, Anthony Alvarado!)

Welcoming 2 new full-time staff (YAY, JESSIE AND OLIVER!)

Beginning work on the Wisconsin State-target Response to the Opioid Crisis grant to support Recovery Coaching in the ED setting: ED2Recovery

Creating RECOVERY U – a free online resource for peer support providers

New partnerships with UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and School of Social Work for student project support

Blog articles for the Addiction Technology Transfer Center/NIATX Service Improvement BlogĀ 

Hosting a Naloxone Train the Trainer event in Oconomowoc

Participation in state committee meetings like the State Council on Alcohol and other Drug Abuse (congrats Caroline on being selected to be the new Chair of the Prevention Committee for SCAODA!)

Providing input to PEW Charitable Trust for their large scale WI project to address the opioid epidemic

Rally for Recovery 2017 and Recovery Month events in 3 locations statewide, along with sponsoring other recovery activities and events

Participation at the Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference and other presentations including The Science of Addiction and Recovery


What’s coming in 2018:

Continued work on ED2Recovery, with a hope to increase statewide reach

Building partnerships to eliminate mental health and addiction stigma

Sponsoring Screenings of The Anonymous People

Coordinating Peer Support Integration Committee Meetings

Conducting Recovery Messaging Trainings (how to tell your Recovery story in a way that is not stigmatizing)

Strategic planning around the future of WI Voices and moving out of the UW!

Continuing to build our membership base (over 22,000 members and member orgs and growing….!)

and of course, Rally for Recovery 2018 (SAVE THE DATE FOR SATURDAY SEPT 22nd)


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