Welcome to the new Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center. We are grateful to those of you that have been a part of the ATTC for some time now, as well as those of you who are new. The Mountain Plains ATTC serves stakeholders residing in Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming). We are pleased that you are interested in participating in training and technical assistance activities and/or serving in an advisory capacity as thought leaders and community experts. Our mutual passion, enhancing SUD treatment and recovery services for individuals and family members, especially those residing in rural and remote areas, is the foundation of our work. During the next few months, you will get to know more about our different workforce development initiatives through upcoming activities and special learning events. We value and cherish our stakeholders so please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions or requests. By providing innovative and accessible learning opportunities on research-based practices in SUD treatment and recovery services, we seek to help you better serve your communities, staff, and patients.
Mountain Plains ATTC Serves Six States in Region 8
Susan Mickelson - Mountain Plains ATTC
The Mountain Plains ATTC was established on September 30, 2017, in a partnership between the University of North Dakota (UND) and the University of Nevada, Reno’s (UNR) Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT). This collaboration combines the extensive experience of UND and CASAT team members in working with frontier/rural and tribal populations, knowledge of region-specific health disparities and culture, and proficiency in developing and implementing innovative training and intensive technical assistance (TA) in treating and providing recovery support services for individuals and families with substance use disorders (SUDs) that reflect the Region’s needs.
2018 Vernon Johnson Individual Recovery Advocate Awardee
Tonya Wheeler, Executive Director
Advocates for Recovery Colorado
Faces & Voices of Recovery recently announced Tonya Wheeler, Executive Director of Advocates for Recovery (AFR) Colorado as the recipient of the 2018 Vernon Johnson Individual Recovery Advocate Award.
Tonya has served as Executive Director of AFR since 2009 and has been in long-term recovery since 1990. Her passion for helping others has remained evident in her work in recovery, advocacy, and treatment. She works diligently in her community to share the message that recovery is a positive, attainable goal and she is an example that recovery does happen! She has always provided leadership in relationships and communications with the community and with her board of directors. Tonya has also been connected to the Region 8 ATTC for 10+ years beginning with her valuable contributions as a member of a regional Recovery Consortium.
Tonya’s most appreciated and recognized attribute is her resiliency. She has strength and resolve and never gives up in the face of adversity and pushback regarding recovery support issues and policies. In the years of her work, the majority of time spent has been as a volunteer. Beyond the great personal reward of service, Tonya and many in leadership and service to the recovery movement, sacrifice financially. She is a mother and grandmother and has willingly helped so many women and their children in selfless activities beyond broad responsibilities with AFR.
“Recovery gave me the gift of healing my relationships with my family, especially with my parents. My mom passed away in 2011 and was able to see me obtain over 20 years of recovery before her death, and my relationship with my dad is VERY CLOSE (I have always been a daddy's girl) My active addiction put a wedge between him and I but recovery gave that back to me, and value SO MUCH my daddy and love him to the moon and back!”
Tonya is a pioneer in putting put a face and voice for recovery in Colorado. She has organized and presided over AFR’s annual Recovery Rally for 16 years. This year Advocates for Recovery will host the National Rally for Recovery Hub event for Faces & Voices of Recovery. The recovery celebrations have involved thousands over years and continue to show the reality of recovery.
Tonya is the primary trainer for Advocates for Recovery Colorado. She has completed and now trains others in topics including Recovery Oriented Systems of Care, Science of Addiction & Recovery, Peer Recovery Coaching, and Our Stories Have Power - Recovery Community Messaging. She has held government appointed seats on the Behavioral Health Transformation Council and the Colorado Behavioral Health Planning & Advisory Council. Tonya previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for Faces & Voices of Recovery in 2007-2014. She is nationally recognized as pioneer and leader in the recovery movement and a Recovery Ambassador.
Tonya will be honored at FAVOR’s 2018 America Honors Recovery Awards Gala & Dinner on Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. This event honors and celebrates America’s most influential recovery community leaders and organizations. On behalf of the Mountain Plains ATTC Directors and staff, we thank Tonya for all her work in the recovery support field especially in Colorado and Region 8.