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Ramapo College Receives $999,408 State Grant to Fund Student Recovery Program

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 22, 2018

MAHWAH, N.J. — As the region’s premier public liberal arts college, the vision of Ramapo College of New Jersey is to prepare its students to be successful leaders for a changing world.
Now the College can further enhance that commitment by providing a safe and healthy environment for students in recovery.

Earlier this month, the State announced that Ramapo will be receiving a $999,408 grant to provide recovery housing and a comprehensive program for students who are recovering from drug and/or alcohol use.

Dubbed the “Roadrunner Collegiate Recovery” (RCR) Program, the College will offer a comprehensive program that includes recovery housing for up to 10 residential students and additional resources to help reduce the stigma associated with the disease of addiction on its campus.

“Ramapo College prides itself on its commitment to the development of the individual student and this grant furthers that commitment,” said Dr. Peter. P. Mercer, President of Ramapo College.  “With access to a recovery program and recovery housing, our recovering students will find structure, direction, and self-awareness while working to maintain a balance between abstinence, academics, and healthy living.”

Providing a comprehensive recovery program with allow students to pursue their education without sacrificing their recovery efforts, RCR will include screening and intervention services, access to confidential psychological and addiction counseling services, and substance-free activities.

Additional support efforts will include programs such as Mentoring, Academic Support Services, Recovery Allies, Crisis management and Relapse Prevention, Seminars and Support groups, among others.

Offering on-campus recovery initiatives is a growing national trend, as colleges and universities are increasingly concerned with how to help students maintain recovery strategies or prevent them from addiction in the first place. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 12.5 percent of college students, ages 18–22, reported heavy alcohol use, with 37.9 percent reporting having experienced binge-drinking at one point.

“Our campus has taken considerable steps to advance its safety and prevention programs and this grant is another step in our commitment to student wellness,” said Dr. Judy Green, Director of the College’s Center for Health and Counseling. “The College is currently in the midst of its NCAA Choices for Change grant, focused on prevention efforts for high-risk students and Last year, Ramapo was designated a stigma-free campus. Being able to offer this recovery program will help to destigmatize students who struggle with substance use disorders.”

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About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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