Sponsored by the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (NC DMH/DD/SAS), the NC Practice Improvement Collaborative partnered with Addiction Professionals of North Carolina to design and implement a daylong conference to highlight best practices in Collegiate Recovery Communities (CRCs) and Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs).

The conference featured four speakers – Christopher Campau, Collegiate Recovery Program Coordinator for North Carolina; Kristen Harper, M.Ed., Executive Director of Recovery Communities of North Carolina; Thomas Kimball, Ph.D., LMFT, George C. Miller Regents Professor, Texas Tech University and Director, Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities; and Eric Beeson, Ph.D., Core Faculty member, Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, Northwestern University.  Terri Spears, MS, LCAS, Coordinator, Spartan Recovery Program, Counseling Center, University of North Carolina at Greensboro also assisted Dr. Beeson by providing an example of a CRP in the State.

A total of 67 individuals, representing administrators, faculty, and staff from institutions of higher education, state agencies, and advocacy organizations attended the event. The University of North Carolina System was represented by four schools; five schools represented private colleges and universities; and three community colleges sent representatives.