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Recovery Community Organization

Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition
Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC)
Membership Protocol

Who is Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition (CRCC)?

Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition (CRCC) is a 501©3 organization with the purpose of providing recovery support services to individuals in or seeking recovery from alcohol, and other drugs and mental illness. CRCC is a peer driven and peer led Recovery Support Organization, which strives to make a difference in people’s lives by increasing public awareness of alcohol and drug dependency and mental health services.  We put a face on recovery and provide recovery support services. CRCC provides prevention and intervention training in the community; and links individuals with resources to support them in maintaining long term recovery.

In 2018, CRCC was awarded a ROSC grant for the Westside of Chicago. ROSC’s central focus of a ROSC is to create an infrastructure or ‚system of care‛ with the resources to effectively address the full range of substance use problems within communities. The specialty substance use disorder field provides the full continuum of care (prevention, early intervention, treatment, continuing care and recovery) in partnership with other disciplines, such as mental health and primary care, in a ROSC (SAMSHA.GOV).

CRCC aims to bridge the gap with those in recovery, and attempting to get into recovery as well as those with mental health issues, as well as to provide recovery services, education and information. Chicago Recovery Communities Coalition organizes the recovery community (people in recovery, family members, friends, and by promoting recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction and Mental Illness through advocacy, education and service. CRCC strives to end discrimination surrounding addiction, recovery, mental illness and open new doors to remove barriers to recovery, maintain and sustain long term recovery regardless of the pathway, all the while ensuring that all people in recovery and/or people seeking recovery are treated with dignity and respect to the stakeholders, families and friends ultimately building healthier communities.

What is ROSC?
The Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) is a “coordinated network of community-based services and supports that is person-centered and builds on the strengths and resiliencies of individuals, families, and communities to achieve abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life for those with or at risk of alcohol and drug problems.”

Illinois ROSC Agencies ROSC is comprised of 8 (eight) agencies: 
            1. Chicago Recovery Community Coalition
            2. Kenneth Young Center
            3. Chestnut- Madison
            4. Chestnut – McClean
            5. Bridgeway
            6. TEECH Foundation and Lights of Zion
            7. CEAD
            8. Egyptian Health Department

What are the goals of Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition (CRCC) ROSC Initiative?
CRCC ROSC overall goal is to advocate and assist with guiding and monitoring the development of an integrated system of recovery by creating a shared vision to improve availability of services by building a sustainable ROSC council.

CRCC ROSC objectives are to:
     • Create communities of recovery that encourage and integrate resources for the recovering          individual, families and friends.
     • Develop supportive recovery communities that foster growth, respect and understanding            of those who have identified problems in the areas of substance use and mental health.
     • Implement effective communication that will allow for voices to be heard.

How does CRCC aim to accomplish their goals? CRCC aim to accomplish their goals of uniting communities by:

  1. Hold monthly meetings to allow for voices to be heard and strategies to be made to increase awareness of the need for collaboration.
  2. Provide education in areas such as addiction, mental health, cultural diversity and health.
  3. Develop surveys to show validity to concerns and share with those who can assist with making some changes.
  4. Promote ROSC and the communities issue every opportunity possible

How do you become part of the ROSC Council?

       • By attending monthly meetings and/or contact a member of Chicago Recovering                            Communities Coalition (CRCC) Westside ROSC Initiative, or email interest to                                      Chicagorecovery.org,
       • Contacting CRCC Office 773-417-2045, chicagocrcc@gmail.com
              o Dora Dantzler-Wright 773-398-2305 wrightdorad@gmail.com
       • Attend an informational meeting to get educated about the Criteria of The ROSC Council
       • Commit to becoming a part of the ROSC council, and Sign an MOU

What are the expectations of ROSC Council Members?  Endorse the values and general principles of the Westside ROSC Council, as reflected in its strategic plan;

     • Community improvement and collaboration, multiple pathways to recovery, peer                            supported recovery, and focus on values, person-centered services, client choice and,                    health and wellness.
     • Be active in the community providing resources for all individuals and families.
     • Participate in at least (12) twelve ROSC council meetings per year, in person or via call in             number provided (605)472-5742. An agency representative can be alternating staff that has         been briefed on ROSC.
     • Participate in ROSC activities, such as newsletters, sharing new ideas, data, best practices,           and other important and relevant news related to the ROSC.

     • Link to the ROSC website from your organization’s website.

     • Actively initiate and participate in collaborative activities to achieve health for all.

     • Promote the work of the Westside ROSC council.
     • Keep profile contact information up-to-date by communicating changes to Westside ROSC.

Learning Collaborative / Summits/ Special Meetings:

       • Learning Collaborative and Special meetings may be planned at the request of the Council           members at a place and time to be determined by the membership.

        • Notice of any special meetings shall be given to members at least two (2) weeks prior to               the meeting/training date.


        • The ROSC Council is a voluntary council and ROSC council members shall not receive any           stated salary of compensation for their membership.

         • The Council shall have power to indemnify any person who was or is a party or is                       threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or                   proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative by reason of the fact               that he or she is or was a Council member.

          • The membership protocol may be altered, amended or repealed by the Council

           members from time to time.

Participation in meetings via Communications Equipment:
         • Council members may participate in and act at any meeting through the use of a                           conference telephone video conferencing, or other communications equipment in 3                       meetings at most. (605) 472-5742.

        • Confidentiality is a must within the council. This will allow for transparency and trust                with the members.

This project is supported in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery, as part of the Social Services Block Grant award from the Federal Administration for Children and Families (G-1801ILSOSR)