SUPPORT PERSONS IN RECOVERY BY EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALITY RECOVERY HOUSING
Our initiatives include:
- Providing current information to Recovery Residence owners and operators.
- Empowering individuals seeking a Recovery Residence to make informed decisions.
- Developing a network of recovery housing providers, supports and services.
- Sharing current information with the community about Recovery Housing.
- Identify opportunities for improvement in recovery housing and develop quality initiatives.
What Makes Our Organization Unique?
- Our commitment to connecting people with all information related to recovery housing is what makes us unique. We launched our website in 2016 and developed our initiatives around it. We have become the central hub for recovery housing information whether you are a consumer of recovery housing, an operator or someone who refers people to recovery housing.
- We develop concepts that can be shared across the community. One of our initial key initiatives was increasing transparency in recovery housing. We developed opportunities for recovery housing providers to list their services online, their current vacancies and other information. For consumers they can submit feedback about recovery housing, submit requests for recovery housing and so on. All of our initiatives are developed with connecting people to current information in mind.
Stephen Morse, Esq.
Steve has worked in the field of mental health services for more than 30 years. Steve began his career as a direct service provider with the Ohio Department of Mental Health, followed by a a position with the Cleveland Legal Aid Society. After three years in private practice as an attorney, he served as CEO for Aftercare Residential Services, Panta Rhei, Inc. and Spectrum Supportive Services. Steve has a Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University and a Law Degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He also holds a certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University in Supported Employment for Persons with Disabilities.
Jennifer is a founding partner of I’m In Transition Ministries based in Cleveland Ohio which focuses on recovery housing and mentoring for individuals in transition. Jennifer is the Co-Director of the women’s component of the organization. Prior to establishing IIT and becoming a member of Ohio Recovery Housing, she worked Case Western Reserve University as the Department Administrator for a number of years writing, managing grants and projects. She attended Faulkner University in Birmingham, Alabama and Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. Jennifer serves on several committees and is also a board member of Ohio Recovery Housing.
Cheryl Walcott is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Social Work, Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds an Ohio social work license (LSW) and, is independently licensed and internationally certified as a chemical dependency counselor (LICDC/ICADC), also in Ohio. She has extensive clinical expertise in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. She is currently a Health & Wellness Services (HWS) program manager for the Substance Use Disorder Intervention & Treatment Services at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM).
In collaboration with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) and LMM Cheryl provides therapeutic intervention and non-intensive out-patient (NIOP) group services to incarcerated men and women that are recovering from Substance Use & Mental Health disorders. Cheryl has worked in various treatment and detoxification centers in the Cleveland area including: Freedom House for Women, St. Vincent Charity Hospital (Rosary Hall), Harbor Light Complex Detoxification Unit, Stella Maris, Hitchcock Center for Women, and Scarborough Hall for Women.
Cheryl continues her research efforts in: Domestic Abuse, Surviving Trauma, and Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders. She is currently seeking support and sponsorship in this effort. Cheryl completed her undergraduate studies (BSW) at Capital University and earned a Master’s degree in social work at Cleveland State University.
Erin is the Executive Director at The Woodrow Project recovery housing for women in Lakewood, OH. She is an independently licensed chemical dependency counselor in the State of Ohio. Ms. Helms completed her undergraduate education at The Ohio State University and earned her master’s degree in Addiction Counseling at Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. She has been employed in a variety of settings ranging from Franklin County Health Department to working as primary counselor in both the inpatient and outpatient settings at Glenbeigh Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center. Erin is passionate about advocating for persons in recovery. She is a member of The National Alliance Recovery Residence advocacy committee, Faces and Voices of Recovery Public Policy Committee, Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force, Ohio Recovery Housing Treasurer.
Linda has an extensive background advocating for quality of life and services for individuals. She has worked with many professionals and families over the years to resolve the various challenges faced by older adults and people with disabilities living in the community as well as in long term care. Her knowledge base includes federal and state regulations, public benefit programs, resident rights, quality standards, housing, applied conflict management, policy and program development.
As the first Executive Director for NEORRN she was hired in 2016 to develop a concept for the organization. Linda was quickly able to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the recovery housing movement including that recovery housing providers and others were not receiving all of the information, but instead only select pieces of information which created alot of misinformation and challenges. She shared her vision for the organization with the board. They have supported her vision and continue to support what NEORRN has become to represent in the community.
A key initiative of Linda’s was developing the NEORRN website to be a central communication hub for recovery housing. It allows recovery housing providers to share information with the community and connects the community with current recovery housing information. It also links new and existing providers to information that they should know to provide quality recovery housing services. The website launched in 2016 and continues to grow in popularity and use.
Linda is looking forward to working with community partners to move the conversation of recovery housing forward and to continue developing initiatives that focus on the sharing of information and expanding access to quality recovery housing.
Bachelor of Science Public Health, Kent State University
*The information provided is not intended to replace or substitute any professional, financial, medical or legal advice.The online listings of providers and services is for general information purposes only. To be listed the Service must be located in the Northeast Ohio and be a provider of recovery, treatment or support services. Ask us for more information. NEORRN does not endorse or recommend providers nor engage in verification of quality of services. Providers do not pay to be listed, mentioned or highlighted on the NEORRN website. All providers and services listed follow their own eligibility criteria and being listed on the NEORRN website does not guarantee that an individual will be accepted into their programs. NEORRN does not own or operate recovery housing.