Office of Collegiate Recovery

Connecting Education to Your Recovery

Services Dedicated to Your Success

The Office of Collegiate Recovery (OCR) is focused on coordinating efforts that will help you stay free of drugs and alcohol while simultaneously pursuing a college education.

Through the collaboration of on-campus student support services and community resources, the OCR will help you transition into and succeed in a college environment as you work on your lifelong recovery process. You will learn self-advocacy skills and coping mechanisms necessary to achieve your goals.

The OCR offers you several resources, including:

  • Weekly peer-to-peer group support meetings
  • Weekly individual coaching sessions with graduates of the College’s Behavioral Health/Human Services program (or a related program)
  • Weekly recovery meetings
  • Structured activities at the College and off campus
  • Access to the College’s student support services, including career counseling and tutoring

Benefit from Our Experience

The College’s Behavioral Health/Human Services (BHHS) program has served more than 5,000 students since 1986, and approximately 50 percent of students pursue a bachelor’s degree. The Office of Collegiate Recovery embraces a student-first approach based on the principles of recovery, resilience and transformation. Through the OCR, the College is addressing a gap in traditional recovery services offered to individuals who are entering or returning to college.

The College offers degree and certificate programs across several academic pathways, from health care and STEM to business and the creative arts. Examples of programs in the field of human services include:

Degree Programs

  • Behavioral Health/Human Services
  • Liberal Arts – Social/Behavioral Science
  • Psychology

Academic and Proficiency Certificates

  • Human Services
  • Recovery and Transformation
  • Social and Human Service Assistant

Community Resources

The OCR will successfully meet student needs by working collaboratively with community-based recovery organizations:

  • City of Philadelphia adolescent and young adult outpatient and residential programs currently under contract with the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities (DBHIDS)
  • Family court juveniles aging out of the foster care system
  • The Bridgeway School, a member of the Association of Recovery Schools (ARS), who advocate for the promotion, strengthening and expansion of secondary and postsecondary programs designed for students and families committed to achieving success in both education and recovery
  • Forensic Intensive Recovery programs (FIR), developed in 1991 to enhance community safety, this program reduces criminal recidivism due to substance abuse and mental illness through the provision of behavioral health treatment and related services under criminal justice supervision as an alternative to incarceration
  • Faith-based initiatives targeting youth ministries

Our Philosophy of Service

The Office of Collegiate Recovery is a resource for information, friendship and socialization for students at Community College of Philadelphia who are in recovery by providing an on-campus collegiate experience that integrates off-campus therapeutic and wellness support. It also is an outreach program to engage the recovery community in the benefits of a college experience to strengthen and support an individual's recovery plan.

Our Collegiate Recovery network of services range from student support coaches, peer membership, structured activities, study groups and coordination among residential programs supported by the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities.

The Office of Collegiate Recovery Services is dedicated to reaffirming the reality of long-term recovery by celebrating and enhancing the variety, availability and quality of local and regional recovery support.

For More Information, Please Contact:

Pascal Scoles, DSW, LCSW
Director, Office of Collegiate Recovery Services and Professor, Behavioral Health/Human Services
Community College of Philadelphia