Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness

aka USARA   |   Salt Lake City, UT   |  www.myusara.com

Mission

USARA’s mission is to connect and inspire communities to advocate for addiction recovery. We envision a Utah where recovery community and connection are recognized as the most valuable assets for people to recover from addiction.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Mrs Mary Jo McMillen

Main address

180 East 2100 South Suite 100

Salt Lake City, UT 84115 USA

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Formerly known as

Sara Utah

EIN

38-3750535

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Community Service Clubs (Kiwanis, Lions, Jaycees, etc.) (S80)

Management & Technical Assistance (T02)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The most critical health care issue for Utah is the increasing number of uninsured residents who need Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment and the limited capacity with few alternative options available to serve thousands of Utahns in need. The Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) 2016 Annual Report estimated that 134,172 adults needed treatment for alcohol and/or drug dependency while only14,729 could access services in the public funded system (9.9% of the need), leaving a gap of 119,443 individuals who did not receive treatment. Furthermore, Utah legislators decided against the expansion of Medicaid leaving a gap of 49,175 individuals (89%) who are below 100% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL), further limiting funding options for health care and behavioral health treatment services.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family Support Group, CRAFT

USARA’s Family Support Group is a FREE program for the family members and friends concerned about someone close to them who lives with a substance use disorder.

Course material is based on the CRAFT Model (Community Reinforcement and Family Training)

Topics Include:

Motivation: Setting positive goals
Discussion of Family Dynamics: Identifying triggers and motivators
Communication Training: Developing positive communication techniques
Helping the loved one enter treatment services and engage in recovery-discussion of effective methods and available resources

Population(s) Served
Adults

SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.

The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities.

The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program®:

1: Building and Maintaining Motivation
2: Coping with Urges
3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
4: Living a Balanced Life

Our Approach:

• Teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance.
• Provides meetings that are educational, supportive and include open discussions.
• Encourages individuals to recover from addiction and alcohol abuse and live satisfying lives.
• Teaches techniques for self-directed change.
• Supports the scientifically informed use of psychological treatments and legally prescribed psychiatric and addiction medication.
• Works on substance abuse, alcohol abuse, addiction and drug abuse as complex maladaptive behaviors with possible physiological factors.
• Evolves as scientific knowledge in addiction recovery evolves.
• Differs from Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and other 12-step programs

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

The primary goals of ARM are to reduce barriers impacting recovery, improve family relationships and social supports, and increase job readiness by connecting individuals to employment resources. Our Recovery Coaches utilize strength based coaching to assist participants in developing skills to enhance financial responsibility and recovery skills in order to attain and maintain long term recovery.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

TRS offers weekly telephone calls to people in recovery to "check in” and see how they’re doing. Recoverees are given support and encouragement as well as information about community resources, all recovery, 12-step meetings or other supports that may help them maintain their recovery. TRS helps reduce relapse and enhances the recovery experience for recoverees as well as the volunteer making the calls.

Calls are made by trained USARA volunteers that are, in many instances, in recovery themselves. TRS calls take place at USARA’s Recovery Community Center in Salt Lake County. However, anyone seeking recovery support throughout Utah can sign up to receive a support call.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

The Recovery Leadership Initiative (RLI) is a peer-to-peer program designed to assist individuals and families making a meaningful transition into stable, long term addiction recovery. We offer one-on-one peer coaching, an 11-module recovery skills curriculum, a full calendar of support groups celebrating all pathways to recovery, and weekly sober family activities at our Recovery Community Center.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

USARA's mission has been to support individuals and their families in all stages of recovery from alcohol and other drug problems.  The organization works to celebrate recovery, identify and advocate for needed services related to substance use, infuse hope, and increase public awareness that long-term recovery is a reality. Our programs are non-clinical services primarily developed and run by peers in recovery and others whose lives have been touched by loved ones with substance use disorders (SUD). We believe recovery to be a self-defined process with many possible pathways to achieving the improved quality of life and well-being that comes with recovery. We're dedicated to helping individuals navigate those pathways and overcome obstacles they encounter on their journey to recovery. We try not to duplicate services that are currently available to the public.  We participate in public policy planning and implementation for identified SUD services at the local, state, and federal levels to help individuals and families get the help they need to recover, including access to effective care including health and wellness, treatment, peer support and other recovery services.  Through advocacy, we can change policies that discriminate against people in or seeking recovery.

The Utah Support Advocates Recovery Awareness (USARA) is currently the only Recovery Community Organization (RCO) in Utah working with DSAMH, service providers, and local agencies and groups to develop and deliver sustainable peer recovery support services in Utah. Moreover, USARA operates the only Recovery Community Center (RCC), located in Salt Lake County, that provides Recovery Support Services (RSS) exclusively delivered by Peer Recovery Support Specialist/Coaches (PRSS/C) in Salt Lake County and the State of Utah.

USARA's strategy is to develop strong relationships with stakeholders identified primarily among County/Local Authorities (LSA's) in the public behavioral health system and with other local commercial treatment providers. The RCO model of building a local Recovery Community Center (RCC) can provide an environment where many pathways of recovery are celebrated and valued. The RCC environment supports a philosophy that engages people with in the community to participate in developing and providing peer led-recovery activities. USARA utilize these stakeholder relationships to build donor contributions and establish collaborative agreements/contracts with behavioral health and SUD treatment providers and community agencies that benefit from the RCO/RCC support services where they can refer clients and family members.

USARA provides information about substance use/addiction and recovery, while helping people to connect to community resources, recovery support services and how to access SUD Treatment services. The programs and services offered at USARA are developed and facilitated by volunteers, who are peers in recovery and others, such as family members, whose lives have a loved one who is dealing with alcohol and drug problems. We believe recovery to be a self-defined process with many possible pathways to achieving the improved quality of life and wellbeing that comes with recovery. USARA is dedicated to helping individuals and families navigate those pathways and overcome obstacles they may encounter on the journey to recovery. Our focus is on the "solution" that involves mobilizing individual and community resources to promote recovery, not specific to clinical services or model of care. One of the founding principles of USARA is that we embrace all pathways to recovery. This principle is embodied in our leaders, volunteers, staff, policies and programs.
The model of a Recovery Community Organization (RCO) is still relatively new to Utah. For the past seven years, USARA has partnered with public and private behavioral health organizations, which provide substance abuse treatment and mental health services. USARA's role as an RCO empowers the voices of recovering peers throughout the state by promoting peer training and further discussions in local communities to identify the efforts and the development of peer support training and services needs to be a participatory process with recovery peers involved in decisions. The process of this collaborative effort has dramatically increases the value of the recovery community. Through USARA's direct services, advocacy activities and public education events, we engage individuals and organizations to learn more about our local, state and national recovery advocacy movement. USARA has been involved in legislative advocacy work. For the past seven years, USARA has hosted a Rally for Recovery at the Utah State Capitol during the Legislative Session. USARA has held “Recovery Message Training" to prepare people in recovery, families and allies to speak with Utah House Representatives and Senators. USARA has been involved in legislative advocacy efforts to promote important bills such as, Expungement Amendments; Good Samaritan Act; Opiate Overdose Emergency Treatment and Medicaid Expansion.
Moving forward, USARA looks to improve long term recovery for individuals with substance abuse and addiction issues, to build and strengthen connections between USARA's Recovery Community Center (RCC) in Salt Lake County and other recovery networks and RSS providers across the state, and to reduce discrimination and negative attitudes against people in recovery by developing and implementing public education, training, and outreach activities statewide about drug and alcohol addiction and recovery.

Financials

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Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness

Board of directors
as of 3/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Parrish

Elizabeth Sollis

Davis County Sherriff's Office

Robin Holt

University of Utah

Zulema Andino

The Haven

Mike Haws

Red Barn Academy

RyLee Curtis

University of Utah

Jodi Bowls

Greg Helotes

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/19/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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