The CDR received exciting news this spring when it partnered with Alternative Opportunities Inc. (AOI) in Springfield, Missouri, in applying for and receiving a Department of Health and Human Services Regional Partnership Grant to Increase the Well-Being of and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for Children Affected by Substance Abuse.
This grant, which was submitted by AOI and included a number of partnering agencies, will provide up to 1 million dollars per year for 5 years. In this first year the CDR will receive $32,000 to provide Family Group Conferences for children with a parent in recovery. These funds allow the CDR to provide training for grant staff, community stakeholders, and partners to get their buy-in, and recruit, train, and monitor volunteer facilitators engaged in the family group conferencing process (which will include CDR staff, community volunteers, and MSU students). This type of grant activity is one powerful example of work that fosters the MSU Public Affairs Mission and benefits students and the community.