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Washington State Collegiate Recovery Grant Program

The purpose of the Washington Collegiate Recovery Support Grant Program is to develop and sustain collegiate recovery support services statewide by offering a grant opportunity to colleges and universities that are innovative, poised for this initiative, and want to make a meaningful contribution to their students.

Overall, the goal of Collegiate Recovery Support is to offer the chance for recovering students and those seeking recovery from substance use, to experience the opportunities that higher education offers both in the college environment and after by providing support, preventing a return to substance use, and promoting successful academic performance.

This grant opportunity includes several key components which will lead to gains in building a continuum of support for higher education students in Washington:

  • Direct funding for development and sustainment of a collegiate recovery program.
  • Best practices training on the intersection of collegiate recovery and harm reduction.
  • Technical assistance for developing collegiate recovery programs.
  • Support in developing campus/community recovery capital networks.
  • Resource sharing with stakeholder network throughout the state of Washington.

Applications due in fall 2021 for community and technical colleges interested in building or sustaining collegiate recovery programs.
Contact Patricia Maarhuis at for details on how to apply and funding availability.

Since initiation, the program has supported expansion of collegiate recovery at four locations:

Collegiate Recovery Virtual Learning Community

The Collegiate Recovery Virtual Learning Community was a six-part webinar series from December 2020 through April 2021, covering topics on how to construct a sustainable Collegiate Recovery Program/Community.

Pre-registration is required. Open to all faculty, staff, and students, these Spring 2021 sessions will be facilitated via Zoom:

  • Introduction to Collegiate Recovery | December 3 | Video | PowerPoint
  • Collegiate Recovery Data Collection for Beginners | January 7 | Video | PowerPoint
  • Asset Mapping | February 18 | Video | PowerPoint
  • Cultivating Community Partnerships |March 4 | Video | PowerPoint
  • Multiple Pathways of Recovery and the Intersection of Harm Reduction | April 1 | Video | PowerPoint
  • Student Recruitment and Retention | Thursday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. – noon | Video | PowerPoint

Reshaping the Conversation: Integrating Recovery Supports

State of Washington 2021 Collegiate Recovery Conference

May 20-21, 2021

Washington State University’s Collegiate Recovery Initiative team provided a two-day convening for higher education professionals, national collegiate recovery stakeholders, and those interested in learning more about integrating recovery support as part of a full continuum of student services on campus. If you were unable to attend the conference, find and review conference materials here.

WSU Collegiate Recovery Grant Team


We gratefully acknowledge the work of the people and agencies, who have made the Collegiate Recovery Support Project possible.

  • WA Representative Lauren Davis (32nd district), Joe Schmick (9th district), and colleagues for their work on the collegiate recovery Initiative and funding source, House Bill 1528
  • WA Health Care Authority (HCA) Contract Manager Liz Venuto: Transition Age Youth Integrated Services, Children, Youth, and Family Behavioral Health Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery Manager