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"Is Becoming a Certified Recovery Community Congregation Right for Your Organization?"

Contact Rev. Dr. Karen White

(224) 406-3798



SPONSORED BY

Center for Community Engagement at Chestnut Health Systems

Illinois is a diverse State with nearly 13 million residents, 73% of whom identify as part of roughly 11,800 faith communities. Often, faith communities are one of the first places individuals and families impacted by substance use disorders and other mental illnesses turn to for help. 

COMMUNITIES OF FAITH CAN MAKE A BIG IMPACT

  • 4.2 million Illinois residents attend a religious service at least once per week.

  • 3,013 Illinois residents died from a drug overdose in 2021'

  • For every life lost to an overdose, there are 1,393 faith-based community members. That's 1,393 chances to make a difference.

  • Substance use and mental health disorders do not discriminate; they can affect anyone in any community. In 2023, 28.7% of adults in Illinois reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorders., This means over 1 in every 4 Illinois residents is impacted by a mental health disorder. This number increases when including family members and loved ones of individuals suffering from mental health disorder symptoms or diagnosis. Statistically, this also means that these individuals.


The Illinois Faith & Recovery Collaborative seeks to support and empower faith communities' work to support individuals and families by providing information, training, toolkits, and networking opportunities.

(Sources Pew Research and Illinois Department of PublicHealth)


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Engaging the Illinois Faith Community to Increase Recovery and Mental Health Community Support/Awareness.


GOALS OF THE ILLINOIS FAITH & RECOVERY COLLABORATIVE

  • Increase awareness of mental health and substance use challenges.

  • Identify and decrease stigma against substance use and mental health disorders Enhance collaboration between faith and recovery communities.

  • Increase community supports for individuals in recovery.

  • Increase recovery program participation and referrals.

  • Provide local resources.

  • Promote local prevention efforts.

  • Decrease deaths by overdose and suicide.


CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete four specified trainings on mental health and substance use issues within one calendar year. 

  • Additional trainings every two years

  • Certified Recovery Congregations are Known & Promoted Publicity As:

  • Safe and welcoming to those in recovery and their families.

  • Equipped and informed communities for those facing substance use and mental health challenges.

  • A resource hub for substance use and mental health assistance.


CERTIFIED RECOVERY CONGREGATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR

  • Additional training opportunities

  • Printed materials, resources, and

  • local support program development toolkits

  • Engagement in advisory and collaborative groups technical assistance and support from the CCE



***The Illinois Faith and Recovery Collaborative is part of the Center for Community Engagement project, funded in whole or in part by a State Opioid Response Grant to the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use, Prevention, and Recovery from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration.***


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