“Building a Recovery Community Organization”
As the State moves toward enhancing its’ Recovery Oriented Systems a vital part will be identifying and establishing Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs). The workshop will discuss building these RCOs and linking them into a national movement to offer opportunities for the recovery community to express their collective voice on issues of common concern, responding to community-identified recovery support needs, and providing a forum for recovery-focused community service.
Rex E. Alexander, MS, CAADC, MISA II, CPRS is the Project Director for the State of Illinois’ Department of Human Services DASA Access to Recovery Program. Access to Recovery is part of a Presidential initiative to provide client choice among substance abuse clinical treatment and recovery support service providers, as well as to expand access to a comprehensive array of clinical treatment and recovery support options, including faith-based programmatic options. Illinois, under the direction of Mr. Alexander, has been awarded the grant four consecutive times, 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2014 with funds totaling over sixty million dollars to serve the needy clients. In 2002, Mr. Alexander received the prestigious James P. Lyle African American Male Image Award for his work in the community in training young males to be men. He is also a recipient of the Augustus Tolton Award, the highest recognition to a Black Catholic for exemplary service to the church and the Black community. Having taught at Montay College, Kennedy-King College, he brings academic credibility to his workshops. Mr. Alexander has a Master’s Degree in Psychology. He is the former director of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, and former Treatment Center Coordinator for the Adolescent Treatment Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is author of several manuscripts geared toward helping people help themselves. He has appeared on both television and radio addressing behavioral health and recovery. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Certification Board.