NorthEast REgion

Penn State University

Program Details

Established: 2011
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
Program Contact: Jason Whitney
(814) 863-0140

About the Program

The Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community is housed within the Division of Students Affairs. We have dedicated space for both students and staff. The Penn State CRC offers dedicated on-campus recovery housing for up to sixteen individuals undergraduates/graduates in ROAR House (Residence of Addiction Recovery). Penn State Student Affairs employs a Program Coordinator and an Assistant Program Coordinator. The Penn State core student community is midsized, approximately 15-45 students. Penn State’s main recovery programming consists of three, one-hour recovery seminars each week in which students discuss issues related to being a student in recovery at Penn State. Additional recovery programming includes 12-Step Workshops, weekend retreats, and travel to recovery conferences. In addition, the Penn State CRC offers academic advocacy, student conduct advocacy, admissions advocacy, and alumni support. Under the Penn State CRC’s umbrella are two groups: Lions for Recovery (the Penn State CRC’s Affiliated Student Organization) which is student-run and Lions in Recovery (the Penn State CRC’s Alumni Interest Group) which is alumni-run. For official membership, students must apply, remain abstinent for at least 90 days, attend 12-step meetings (or equivalent) weekly, meet with a sponsor (or equivalent) weekly, attend at least one Penn State CRC Seminar weekly, and perform at least one volunteer responsibility. Students who are actively working towards these requirements are welcome to attend seminar and social activities.

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The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) is the only association exclusively representing collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) and collegiate recovery communities (CRCs), the faculty and staff who support them, and the students who represent them. ARHE provides the education, resources, and community connection needed to help change the trajectory of recovering student’s lives. We are a network of professionals, administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents and policy makers.

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A Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) is a college or university-provided program that includes a supportive environment within the campus culture. CRPs reinforce the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from addiction/substance use disorder. It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery supports to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other.

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