Dixie State gets $10,000 grant to help students recover from substance abuse

ST. GEORGE — The Dixie State University Office of Sponsored Programs announces that the university has been awarded a $10,000 grant to assist students in recovery from substance-use disorders and other addictive behaviors.

The grant was awarded through Transforming Youth Recovery, a nonprofit organization founded in 2013 in collaboration with DSU Wellness Center Coordinator Barbara Johnson and DSU Wellness Center Councilor Sue Judd, MSS LASUDC. Both are licensed addiction and substance use disorder counselors.

Transforming Youth Recovery studies the community, educational and peer networks that influence youth development and achievement. The organization provides novel approaches that dramatically expand family- and school-based prevention, intervention and recovery support services; one community, one school, one student at a time.

The grant will provide DSU with early-stage seed funding to engage in a capacity-building approach aimed at forming the relationships necessary to better meet the needs of students in recovery on campus. The grant also will support the creation of an online map of community recovery assets. The map is intended to facilitate a nationwide network of resource sharing and collaboration among collegiate recovery practitioners, students and community members.

“The idea is to connect the university community, particularly our students, to available resources and each other,” Judd, now DSU’s TYR program director, said.

In undertaking this project, the ultimate goal is to create a sustainable collegiate recovery program on campus that provides a safe, supportive and fun environment for students in recovery from substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors.


Visit their website for more information about Transforming Youth Recovery. To find out more about the effort or to get involved, contact Judd at 435-652-7756 or by email.

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  • fun bag September 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    why not just refer them to LDS recovery program

  • 42214 September 21, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    To quote Nancy Reagan, “Just say no.” $10,000 grant is like spitting in the ocean and seeing if the water level rose.

  • Dexter September 21, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Why not just give the drug addicts the money.? same thing. LOL.! yeah that money will put a stop to drug addiction.

  • ladybugavenger September 21, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    $10,000 is a drop in the bucket….one month in a rehab for one person runs $10,000/month. Tell me how is $10,000 going to help students rccover from substance abuse?

  • beentheredonethat September 22, 2015 at 8:12 am

    We really need to support our drug users! How about bumper stickers? The ones with the hearts. They could say “St.George loves drug addicts” Just cover them up during the parade of homes.

    • ladybugavenger September 22, 2015 at 10:23 am


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