Major Investment Aims to Transform Denver’s Approach to Drug and Alcohol Addiction

A Face It TOGETHER addiction management coaching center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

“We are pleased to support Face It TOGETHER’s approach and are excited about its potential to transform our community for the better,” said Linda Childears, President and CEO of the Daniels Fund.

One of Denver’s largest private foundations, the Daniels Fund, has made a major grant to tackle one of the community’s most significant public health and social problems – drug and alcohol addiction.

The foundation has awarded Face It TOGETHER, a nonprofit organization, $1.2 million over the next three years to lead the development of a new ecosystem of addiction wellness in Denver. In the Denver metro area, approximately 260,000 people suffer from an alcohol or illicit drug addiction problem, and Colorado stands out nationally for heavy substance use. It’s estimated that addiction-related issues cost the Denver area almost $884 million annually.

The grant will fund the establishment of Face It TOGETHER Denver, which will bring together key community stakeholders, such as employers, government leaders, healthcare and addiction care providers, to build a community-wide solution for chronic disease-focused addiction support. The Face It TOGETHER model is designed to lower barriers to treatment, reduce stigma and shame so more people seek help, improve the quality of long-term addiction care, and measure outcomes to better understand what helps people get well and stay well.

The grant will also support the creation of three centers in metro Denver to provide evidence-based peer addiction management coaching to people impacted by addiction. The first coaching center will open in Spring 2018, with two more centers to follow by 2020.

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