A Brighter Tomorrow: Stacie Mathewson

BIGHORN Member Stacie Mathewson has been on a journey for the past four years. A journey of founding Transforming Youth Recovery (TYR), a nonprofit organization to address substance use disorders amongst our youth, tracking it down to the traumatized child. Sadly, Stacie lost her son Josh Montoya to addiction in 2013. Her commitment to preventing the path towards addiction and protecting the health and wellbeing of our youth is unrelenting.

The nonprofit’s work focuses on seven key initiatives. The Mathewson Early Prevention Program (MEPP), is the nation’s largest research-driven prevention program to determine best practices in family and school-based prevention, intervention and recovery services for students in grades Pre K–12. TYR is launching a 13- year, 20-million-dollar grant with the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada to change a generation and generations to come.

Outside of traditional high schools, TYR revitalized the National Association of Recovery High Schools (ARS). ARS has been essential in creating, maintaining and accrediting recovery high schools throughout our nation. Following the student up to community college and higher education, TYR focuses on the creation of collegiate sobriety programs which are on campus environments that directly support students in recovery from substance use disorders. TYR has accomplished two of their initiatives with revitalizing the National Association of Recovery High Schools and providing over 100 grants to universities across the nation in just four years.

While TYR’s previous studies focused specifically on educational impact, they are strategically turning their attention to the bigger picture of supporting parents and their children as they strive to live their best lives. Not just the family, but the community. Additionally, they focus on finding solutions for communities by identifying gaps and creating integrated and sustainable recovery-oriented systems of care. Pilot programs are currently underway in Northern Nevada to serve as models that can be replicated by other communities in the nation.

Realizing the need to create an interactive database system for the recovery movement, they developed Capacitype™, which maps recovery assets across the nation. This application will serve as a national database of resources and services available within the fields of substance use disorders, prevention, intervention and recovery support.

Mathewson’s vision and dedication to prevention and recovery support for our youth is making a significant impact on the nation. Congratulations on your dynamic efforts! For more information, go to transformingyouthrecovery.org or contact Stacie at [email protected]

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