Elon University is one of nine colleges awarded grant funds from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for collegiate recovery programs to support students with substance use disorders. 

The university received $257,576 out of a total $3.2 million in funding for a new program. The grants, the Jan. 19 release said, are made possible with funding from the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant.

Collegiate Recovery Programs were developed as a response to an increase in drug and alcohol use among adolescents and young adults. In existence for over 40 years, these programs provide services and educational opportunities to students at both public and private institutions. 

The allocation of these funds, according to the release, will increase access to recovery services. Campuses like Elon will use the funds to develop and implement a comprehensive collegiate recovery program. 

“These awards address a growing need for behavioral health care among young adults and the Department’s top priority to improve Behavioral health and resilience in North Carolina,” the release said.

NCDHHS has provided funding for collegiate recovery programs since 2015. The release said these funds will expand access to the services. 

Other colleges and universities across the state receiving grant funds include Appalachian State University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, High Point University, Mars Hill University, Methodist University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ande University of North Carolina Greensboro.