Saving Lives and Transforming Perceptions
The Stacie Mathewson Foundation, founded in 2011 by Stacie Mathewson, is focused on addiction recovery and prevention for young people; and is committed to erasing the social stigma associated with substance use disorders. Presently, the Foundation is acting on the call for the expansion of community-based recovery support models to extend the continuum of care into schools and colleges. This is being undertaken through a capacity-building approach that supports local coalitions as they mobilize their community-based assets to help youth in recovery live their best lives.
Addiction has no minimum age, so why should recovery?
To date, the non-profit 501(c)3 organization has helped to fight the nation’s fastest-growing epidemic by educating lawmakers, building awareness and funding community capacity-building efforts for youth and young adults in recovery. The Stacie Mathewson Foundation is a rising force for positive change as exhibited through a variety of current initiatives:
The Foundation is completing a capacity study that features research on those community-based assets that can help students in recovery to thrive in the fullness of the college experience. The research draws from a robust collection of recovery literature as well as surveys to self-identified programs that serve and support college students in recovery. The study intention is to (1) inform the Foundation’s capacity-oriented approach to philanthropy; and (2) assist early stage collegiate recovery efforts in the mapping of assets recognized as essential to supporting students in recovery in a collegiate setting.
The Foundation is currently awarding 100 early stage grants to collegiate recovery efforts across the United States to promote capacity-building activities with students in recovery. The intention is to encourage collegiate communities to explore, copy and emulate the diverse ways that college-specific assets are being mobilized to create practices and local coalitions that serve and support their students.
The Foundation directly supports a Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) for students at The University of Nevada, Reno—Nevada’s Recovery & Prevention Community (N-RAP)—helping to provide the student population of 18,000 with counseling services, peer-to-peer emotional and academic support, on-and-off campus sober living accommodation and access to substance-free extracurricular activities. N-RAP has reached out to expand their program to TMCC, UNLV and CSN. This will be 4 colleges in the State of Nevada with CRPs that the Foundation has assisted in funding.
The Foundation has successfully worked to changed Family Law in California to acknowledge parental abuse of prescription drugs in child custody cases. Assembly Bill 2365 for family code 3011 (d) already provided that the family court consider a parent’s history of alcohol or illegal drug use in child custody determinations, but did not mention the use of prescribed drugs subject to abuse by a parent with a history of addiction.
About Stacie Mathewson
As Executive Director of The Stacie Mathewson Foundation, Stacie is focused exclusively on promoting addiction awareness, recovery, prevention and education at the local, state and national level. Stacie is not only professionally, but also personally connected to the cause, witnessing since childhood how addiction disease can tear families apart and span generations. With the loss of a son who first faced addiction disease in his early adolescence, Stacie’s commitment to preventing addiction and protecting the health of our youth is unrelenting.
Stacie serves on the boards of Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse (MAPDA) and The Betty Ford Center Foundation Board of Trustees. Inspired by previous service on the board of the finance committee of Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, Stacie continues to actively work on raising awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
With over fifteen years of experience in the insurance industry and as a top real estate producer in the state of Alaska, Stacie brings an entrepreneurial approach to her work with the Foundation helping to grow and create new successful models for student recovery.
The Stacie Mathewson Foundation
P. O. Box 6448
Reno, NV 89513
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The Stacie Mathewson Foundation
P. O. Box 6448, Reno, NV 89513