Collegiate Recovery Community

Housed in the Health Promotion Department, MSU’s Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) serves students in or seeking recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Our mission is to provide a safe and supportive campus community in which students in recovery from addiction can achieve their academic, personal and professional goals. The CRC and its services are designed to empower students to thrive in the fullness of the college experience, free from alcohol and other drugs. 


At MSU, the CRC has been the foundation of my social life and growth, allowing me to meet amazing, likeminded, and supportive people. I am very thankful for the CRC and all those who want to make it better.

– MSU CRC Student
The CRC provides:
  • Individualized Recovery Planning
  • Recovery Housing
  • Jamie Daniels Memorial Scholarship
  • 24/7 Student Lounge Space
  • Support and Accountability from Staff and Peers
  • Social Events
  • Community Service Opportunities
  • Wellness and Life Skills Workshops
  • Awareness, Education, and Advocacy
  • Recovery Ally Training
  • Campus and Community Information and Referrals
Recovery Housing and the Jamie Daniels Memorial Scholarships are made possible through the generous support of the Children's Foundation.

Collegiate Recovery Community 

Recovery Housing

  • Housing Option For Those In Recovery
    Recovery Housing AVAILABLE NOW!

    For students who are in recovery from a substance use disorder, this on-campus housing option offers a safe and supportive living environment where students can have a real college experience without the use of alcohol or drugs. Recovery housing offers the opportunity to form meaningful relationships based on sobriety, friendship, and academic success. Recovery housing offers live-in peer support, 24-hour access to the Collegiate Recovery Lounge, counseling support, academic resources, and organized activities. Students must be a member of MSU's Collegiate Recovery Community to be eligible for MSU Recovery Housing.
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Collegiate Recovery Housing

    Download a PDF file of the Recovery Housing FAQ Sheet PDF file

    Q: Where is Recovery Housing located?

    A: Recovery Housing is located in Mason Hall in North Neighborhood. Mason Hall is a traditional, ivy-covered, collegiate Gothic-style building with beautiful wood ornamentation and decorative plaster walls. Designated Recovery Housing rooms are located on Substance Free floors within Mason Hall.

    Q: What room options and features are available?

    A: Mason Hall has a traditional style single and double occupancy rooms with community-style bathrooms. Rooms are furnished with modular elevated beds, cable TV and high-speed internet on designated male and female floors. Mason Hall also features a community kitchen, free laundry, study rooms, computer labs, music practice rooms, game rooms, and an ATM.

    Q: What is the cost of living in Recovery Housing?

    A: Rooms are priced at the standard university room rate. There are no additional costs to live in Recovery Housing. 

    Q: Who is eligible for Recovery Housing?

    A: Any student who identifies as being in recovery from a substance use disorder and who is abstinent from all drugs and alcohol. Students must complete an application and be an active member of the Collegiate Recovery Community to be eligible for Recovery Housing. For more information on the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) or to apply, visit:

    Q: Can I choose my roommate?

    A: Roommates must be members of the CRC. Roommate assignments are determined by CRC staff and are based upon student preference and roommate matching.

    Q: What staff supports do students receive while living in Recovery Housing?

    A: Students living in Recovery Housing receive support from a Resident Assistant (RA), Intercultural Aid, and a live-in certified Peer Recovery Specialist.

    Q: Where are the CRC meetings held in proximity to Recovery Housing?

    A: The CRC and Spartans' Organization for All Recovery (Registered Student Organization for students in recovery) meetings are each held weekly in the CRC Lounge, located in the Student Services Building Room 27E, which is just a 3-minute walk from Mason Hall!

    Q: Is there an application process?

    A: To live in Recovery Housing students must first apply to become a member of the CRC. To become a member, students need to complete a brief application, which can be found at Within the CRC member application, the student will be asked to select their living preferences. Once the CRC application is submitted, CRC staff will assign housing.

    Q: How will Recovery Housing support my recovery?

    A: Recovery housing will provide a safe, structured and sober space for students to live on-campus while pursuing their academic goals. With this support, CRC students have excelled academically, achieving an average overall GPA of a 3.5.¹ Students are able to observe and model effective ways to manage environmental risk on campus through a strong sense of community, shared experiences and values.

    Q: Where do I go if I have other questions about Recovery Housing or the CRC?

    Contact CRC Coordinator Dawn Kepler by phone at 517-353-5564 or email You can also find us on Facebook at

  • Recovery Housing Application

    If you are interested in living in on-campus Recovery Housing at Michigan State University, please fill out the application at the following link:

    Application to the MSU Collegiate Recovery Community Recovery Housing

    You will be contacted for either a phone or in-person interview.

Jamie Daniels Memorial Scholarship

  • Learn more about scholarship opportunities

    The Jamie Daniels Memorial Scholarship was established in 2019 for students in recovery at Michigan State University who participate in the Collegiate Recovery Community. Please contact the CRC Coordinator, Dawn Kepler, at for additional information about the Jamie Daniels Memorial Scholarship

    About Jamie Daniels 

    (As shared by the Jamie Daniels Foundation) 

    There’s a proven path to helping people struggling with addiction create lifelong sobriety and healing. Jamie Daniels was on that path. He was seven-months sober when he ingested a synthetic opioid that included a mix of heroin and fentanyl, a substance 100 times more potent than morphine. 

    It’s unclear why Jamie decided to take the pill that took his life, but what is clear is that he was set up to fail. While in treatment for drug addiction in South Florida, he became a victim of what’s known as “patient brokering,” a practice in which criminals lure people with strong insurance coverage into treatment centers that profit by excessively charging insurance companies for services. 

    This predatory business model aims not to help people stay sober, but to create an environment where relapse is likely to occur so the excessive charges can continue. For Jamie, the lure of the new facility was its cheap rent. He left a proven sober living facility with rent of about $1,000 per month for one that charged $50 per month. 

    Jamie knew he had a problem, and he was eager to change his life for the better. The 23-year-old recent Michigan State University graduate was pursuing a career at a law firm while in recovery. He was driven to progress his career, taking on extra hours and more responsibilities at the firm. 

    At the same time, Jamie was left increasingly vulnerable. The predatory care facility directed him to a new doctor, a self-proclaimed “addiction specialist,” who prescribed Jamie a questionable mix of medications. One of those medications was Xanax, a highly addictive drug that’s not recommended for people in recovery. It was also a drug Jamie had abused prior to entering recovery. 

    In the four months after Jamie left his proven sober living facility, his insurance was billed for nearly $60,000 for urine and blood tests — many of which never occurred. While visiting family in Michigan for Thanksgiving in November 2016, Jamie’s signature was forged for testing that never happened. It was only two weeks later that Jamie lost his life.  

    In the midst of the heartbreaking loss of their son, Ken Daniels and his family learned about the criminal side of the recovery business. The FBI told them that Jamie’s case was one of the rare occasions where criminal activity could be proven. The man who ran the final facility Jamie lived in was charged with insurance fraud and money laundering, and he is now serving 27 years in prison. 

    The more Ken and Jamie’s mom Lisa learned about the broken, billion-dollar recovery industry, the more they wanted to know. The family began sharing their son’s story in hopes that it might save someone’s life. And with the Jamie Daniels Foundation, they are taking their efforts to the next level.  

    The Jamie Daniels Memorial Scholarship has been made possible by the Jamie Daniels Foundation and the Children’s Foundation. Visit for more information.

Spartans' Organization for All Recovery (SOAR)

  • Learn More about SOAR

    SOAR Logo

    SOAR is MSU’s registered student organization for Spartans in recovery and their allies!

    The club offers:

    • Social Events
    • Service Opportunities
    • Peer Support

    "This semester, we decided to change the name of our Registered Student Organization from “Traveler’s Club” to “Spartans’ Organization for All Recovery (SOAR)” to more clearly reflect the goals of our organization. By adopting the name SOAR, we are hoping to expand on our goal of creating a fun, inviting, social environment for students in recovery from substance abuse. We think that by adopting this name change, we will have a more clear goal which will help us promote our organization, and create a much more inclusive environment that is welcoming of all forms of recovery." - SOAR Student President

    Join Us! SOAR meets weekly to plan events, socialize and support each other in recovery. We welcome the involvement of students or potential students in or contemplating recovery and their allies.

    For more information contact:
    Like us on Facebook!
    Follow us on Twitter @SOARMSU
    Follow us on Instragram @MSU_SOAR

Recovery Ally Training

  • Learn More About Recovery Ally Training
    Recovery Ally Training will...
    • Demonstrate that recovery is a long-term process with unique implications for student success.
    • Confront myths and stigma regarding addiction and recovery.
    • Introduce appropriate language related to addiction and recovery.
    • Convey the importance of empathy and openness with students in recovery.
    • Present the resources MSU has for students in recovery and how to access those services.
    Contact Dawn Kepler at if you would like to schedule a Recovery Ally Training for your staff, faculty, or student group.

Local & Campus Support

  • Local Support Groups

    Alcoholics Anonymous
    Lansing Central Office | 517.377.1444

    AA meetings on or near campus:

    • Sunday at 8:00 pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church, 955 Alton Rd.
    • Monday at 7:30 pm at All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbott Rd.
    • Tuesday at 7:00 pm at The Peoples Church, 200 W. Grand River Ave.
    • Wednesday at 8:00 pm at MSU Engineering Building, Room 3400
    • Thursday at 6:30 pm at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1315 Abbott Rd.
    • Friday at 9:30 pm at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1315 Abbott Rd.
    • Saturday at 10:00 am at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1315 Abbott Rd.

    Narcotics Anonymous
    Michigan Region |1.800.230.4085

    Narcotics Anonymous meetings on campus:
    Monday at 7:30 pm at MSU East Fee Hall, Room E111

    SMART Recovery
    Find a meeting location by visiting

    Celebrate Recovery
    Thursday at 7 pm at Trinity Church, 3355 Dunckel Rd, Lansing

    Refuge Recovery
    Monday at 6:00 pm at The Fledge, 1300 Eureka, Lansing
    Thursday at 6:00 pm at the Cristo Rey Community Center, 1717 N. High Street, Lansing
    Friday at 7:30 pm at Just B Yoga, 106 Island Ave, Lansing

  • Campus Supports
    • Alcohol and Other Drug Program | 517.884.6598
      The AOD Program offers free one-on-one educational sessions for students concerned about their own substance use or that of a friend or family member.

    • Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) | 517.355.8270
      MSU Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) is the central access point for students seeking mental health services on campus.

    • Student Health Services | 517.884.6546
      Olin Health Center is the primary health care facility for MSU students. Students also have the option of receiving primary care services in the four Neighborhood clinics located in Brody, Holden, Hubbard, and McDonel hall.

    • Gender and Sexuality Campus Center | 517.353.9520
      The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center leads and collaborates on university-wide initiatives that support students marginalized by their sexuality or gender.

    • Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities | 517.884.7273
      Students in recovery may be eligible for accommodations.


Collegiate Recovery Community Coordinator

Dawn Kepler