RSN envisions local communities supporting, inspiring, and empowering youth in all forms of recovery.
RSN is a community that embraces, empowers, and inspires youth and emerging adults who need support. We serve youth and emerging adults who experience challenges related to:
- Substance Use
- Mental Health
- Justice Involvement
Core Values & Guiding Principles
RSN will keep the best interests of the youth first and avoid any strategy or practice that could make them feel more threatened or burdened or undermine their personal power and self-determination.
Authenticity of Voice
Authenticity of voice through its connections to and accurate representation of diverse voices of youth as part of communities of recovery. RSN seeks to have the majority of its directors, staff and volunteers be self-identified members of the local communities of recovery including their families, friends, allies and professionals. RSN seeks to give voice to personal stories as living proof of the transformative power of recovery.
Diversity and Inclusion
RSN strives to include, hear and embrace people representing different styles and lengths of recovery as well as diversity by age, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and political and religious affiliation. RSN seeks to give voice and support to this diversity in its outreach and education, advocacy and recovery support.
Independence, Partnership, and Collaboration
RSN is not part of the legal system, the courts, a treatment program or a specific religious group or faith and does not endorse a particular path to recovery. This independence gives RSN the ability to freely partner on a variety of levels with other organizations and individuals that are able to contribute to the recovery of youth with a wide variety of circumstances, needs and styles of recovery. RSN is thus able to serve as a bridge between diverse communities of recovery, the addiction treatment community, governmental agencies, the criminal justice system, the larger network of health and human services providers and systems and the broader recovery support resources of the extended community.
Through its Mentor Program, Youth MeetUps, Community-based Partnerships and Resource Network, RSN helps youth develop positive relationships with their families, peers, teachers and others within their community.
RSN staff and peer support mentors engage in promoting trust and self-acceptance with youth participants by advocating for youth, coordinating with existing service providers, and linking youth with community resources, thereby increasing the chances of a participant’s successful reintegration.
RSN receives referrals from schools, treatment programs, community partners, family members, as well as the justice system.
RSN currently serves Orange County and Durham counties.
When 18 year-old Matt McQuiston died from a drug overdose following months of treatment, Matt’s family and friends established a memorial fund to provide necessary support systems to prevent similar devastation to the lives of youth and their families. This funding planted the seed for Reintegration Support Network.