To all my Summit peeps,

Near the end of this last Summit, Nicole Ellington-do you know her?, she’s Eastern Clinical Coordinator for NC’s Lawyer Assistance Program—sat down and convinced me to add a page to the website. Consider it a branch of our sub-committee; Research/Toolkit Creation.

What we are creating is simply a list of links to studies/research/data that supports how Recovery “makes” society money. Recovery (and therefore all the things which lead to, grow and support recovery) are “cost-efficient” for society. People in recovery generally contribute to society. Money invested is money earned. We want to champion and make it easy for people to see that.


I’ve been blessed to see these programs up-close so I went and rounded-up some data I am personally familiar with. BUT-HEY-you may know of similar studies/data yourself.

If you know of similar data/links, send those to me @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and I will get them posted.


Let’s get started with these links:

We’ll start the NC list with this Trosa-based study:


Do you know of similar North Carolina data? Send it to us and we’ll post it.


Seattle is a city that worked together to address a host of issues-beginning with homelessness as a doorway to other issues. Their savings were shown to be, ultimately, fairly quickly, in the millions:

Here is some background on the Seattle initiatives:


Here’s Arizona’s answer to this:




I am also starting a list of similar data-on the medical side. Money saved while services are improved which actually provide greater service and achieve higher outcomes. What a concept!!

In these studies and models the “medical” side actually includes behavioral health. A key take-away of all this is; to work you must treat the whole human.

Let’s start with bigger picture snap-shots of just how that works medically. These articles do include statistics within. -New Yorker writer and FRONTLINE correspondent    
Dr. Atul Gawande reports on a doctor in Camden, N.J., who actually seeks out the community’s sickest — and most expensive — patients  -Dr. Gawande  -Dr. Gawande   -another NPR take on this

Here are various perspectives on solutions:  -Straightforward change would save money, improve health.  -A cities efforts   -Stanford’s work     -Evidence-based


Inside these stories are amazing, intuitive (and counter-intuitive), common-sense solutions.




Jimmy Cioe 919) 802-7972