Areas of Focus

Higher Education

Higher Education

TYR’s Collegiate Program focuses on the creation of on-campus collegiate recovery programs to directly support students in recovery from substance use disorders.

Despite the rapidly increasing number of young people seeking and entering addiction recovery, a survey in 2012 showed that only 34 out of 4500 colleges nationwide had collegiate recovery programs. Thus, families were left with a difficult choice: whether to risk sending their students back to campuses with no recovery support, or simply not allowing their students to go back to school due to the risk of relapse.

That year, Stacie Mathewson, TYR’s President and CEO, pledged to award 100 $10,000-grants to colleges and universities toward the goal of creating new collegiate recovery programs (CRPs). A landmark research study was completed in Spring 2013 that identified 38 community-based assets that could help college students in recovery to thrive, and a companion toolkit and web platform were developed. Most recently, we conducted an intensive one-year study to increase the capacity for community college recovery support, and have launched a pilot grant program to learn how best to serve this specific population.

Perhaps even more significant than the financial investment TYR makes in colleges and universities, is the support that the staff at TYR provides to every grantee. Each school is connected with a program manager who offers ongoing coaching for a period of three years. We recognize that collegiate recovery efforts are unique to the culture of their campuses and the specific needs of their students. We encourage the CRPs to take incremental steps toward developing into mature, sustainable programs that leverage existing resources to meet those specific needs. This flexibility and ongoing monitoring allows schools to empower students in recovery on their campus to lead these efforts, while navigating the significant challenges that bureaucracy in higher education may pose.

To date, we are proud to say that we have awarded over 125 grants to four-year colleges, universities and community colleges, and will continue to award more through 2017! The number of CRPs in the nation now exceeds 170. This means that TYR has more than tripled the number of recovery efforts in progress across the country, and paved the way for several collegiate recovery efforts to transform into established communities. We know the college environment can be challenging for young people in recovery so we are grateful to support so many campus partners as they pledge to make their schools a more recovery-friendly place.

Get Started

Apply for an early stage collegiate recovery grant.

Community Asset Maps

Recovery Community Asset Mapping

The mapping of assets (people, places, resources) helps mobilize communities to best serve students in recovery through school-based recovery support services. 

38 Assets

A set of 38 community-based assets that are the basis for building collegiate recovery capacity across the nation.


Red toolbox with various manual tools

Publications and toolkits to support your programming.