Recovery Research: Building support for more research on how to sustain recovery and address equity in the field of substance use disorder and mental health care.

With Fors Marsh Group, GRI has received the support of one of the largest B-Corp Research, Marketing and Communications companies who has, in their DNA, a commitment to advancing equity in research, access to care, and support services for people in early recovery.  FMG’s financial and in-kind support of GRI allowed us to convene the top researchers from over 15 Universities and Institutes to spend a day with recovery leaders, corporate and private foundations, as well as the leaders of multiple federal agencies to identify priorities to advance research in the field of recovery.  The Recovery Research Summit report will be used to encourage more public and philanthropic funding to advance equity and best practices in recovery support and mental health science to advance sustained recovery.

Pop Culture Initiative: Music, film and theater will break stigma and build philanthropy.

Stigma is reduced when pop culture works with public policy and philanthropy to change hearts and minds.  GRI is partnering Better Noise Music, and their industry partners, to raise funds and break stigma around substance use disorder and mental health. Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue and Sixx AM, Better Noise Music, and the Musical production of “The Heroin Diaries” is working with GRI to advance recovery and has joined our Board of Directors.  Nikki has given us the song “Talk to Me” and a celebrity recording of “Maybe It’s Time” (written the musical based on his best seller “The Heroin Diaries”); he is donating all royalties and profits to GRI.

Allen Kovac, founder of Better Noise Music and the Executive Producer of “The Heroin Diaries” has engaged partners including Live Nation, iHeartRadio, and others, in the media and music industry to match Nikki’s contribution and donate profits as well as services to fund GRI.

Additionally, due to the delay in the musical tour, Allen has produced a feature film called

“Sno Babies” that tells the story of two young women who fall into substance use disorder on their way to college. This film can educate parents, serve as a warning to others, and remind all that no matter where you come from it can happen to you, a family member or friend.  It can also remind everyone that that hope is valid and recovery is possible.

Recovery Corps Initiative: Building the capacity of community based services.

Working with the Corporation for National and Community Service through the AmeriCorps and Vista programs, with the recovery community in mind, GRI has guided the development of a model Recovery Corps program within AmeriCorps.  Recovery Corps was tested and is now ready to deploy nationally through Serve Minnesota.  Recruiting people in recovery to serve, in AmeriCorps, members are placed in local organizations providing direct services to people in the early phases of their recovery from substance use disorder.  Recovery Corps members work with recovery housing, recovery high schools, community recovery organizations, and other nonprofits to expand the number of people served and help support the infrastructure of these organizations.

With a Congressional appropriation of Federal support, GRI intends to match those funds with funds from the private sector to enable the deployment of 1000 Recovery Corps members across the country to build the much needed infrastructure at the community level of recovery service organizations.