Montgomery County is considering opening a recovery school, but the high cost may require a regional solution.

Montgomery County is considering opening a recovery school, but the high cost may require a regional solution.

Phoenix School in Montgomery County, Md. opened in 1979 and offered students who were recovering from addiction a supportive space free from the peer pressure that can spur relapse. Phoenix was the first publicly-funded recovery school in the country, and since it opened, dozens of recovery schools have opened in emulating its model. The school closed in 2013 after enrollment dwindled to three students. Now, amidst the local opioid crisis, advocates say the school should reopen, and while the idea is supported by many decision-makers in the county, questions remain about whether resources would better be used on prevention, rather than recovery. Kojo explores the future of recovery schools in our region.

WAMU Education coverage is supported in part by American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Guests

  • Rebecca Smondrowski Member, Montgomery County Board of Education; @RebeccaOnBoard
  • Arthur T. Dean Chairman & CEO, Community Anti­ Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA); @CADCA
  • John Edmonds Vice-President, Association for Recovery & Education of Greater Washington; Former student, Phoenix School, Montgomery County, Md.

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