Grantee Story: Continuation of student recovery success at Michigan State University

The Jamie Daniels Foundation, along with The Children’s Foundation, has announced a grant to Michigan State University that extends the successful relationship established in 2019 to develop programming to help students in recovery.

This effort builds on the work of the Jamie Daniels Foundation to support children and young adults as they battle Substance Use Disorder and navigate and maintain recovery.

“We are proud of the success that has been achieved with our MSU partnership and know Jamie would be delighted with our support of his alma mater,” said Ken Daniels, cofounder of the Jamie Daniels Foundation and Jamie’s father.  “This program is designed to empower students in, or seeking recovery, to thrive in the fullness of the college experience.”

The services provided through MSU’s Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) have been independently identified as critical and essential in supporting a young person’s success in higher education. These include creating a campus community that supports recovery, available and supportive live-in Recovery Housing staff, and safe spaces to congregate with peers and staff.

Also included with the grant is investment in the Jamie Daniels Memorial Scholarship endowment fund that provides sustained academic and financial support for students in recovery from a Substance Use Disorder.

“The continued partnership and the funding provided is not only helping the CRC continue to establish itself, but also creating an environment for the students in which they are finding academic success,” said Dennis Martell, PhD, Director, Health Promotion at Michigan State University. “The CRC is helping to change the landscape of research around the issues of recovery and how we support students who choose not to use alcohol or other drugs.”

Grantee Story: Supporting college students through recovery

The Jamie Daniels Foundation, along with The Children’s Foundation, has announced a new grant focused on prevention, recovery and support for students struggling with Substance Use Disorder at three colleges in Michigan.

The Central Michigan Collegiate Recovery, Education and Wellness (CMCREW) program, a program of Ten16 Recovery Network, will provide support for students at Central Michigan University, Ferris State University and Mid‐Michigan College.

CMCREW was started five years ago by Jessica Miller, program manager, Ten16.  Funding will be used to add a full-time Licensed Substance Use Disorder counselor who would be able to assess for substance use disorders, provide counseling to students on issues dealing with substance misuse and recovery, and make appropriate referrals, if more help is needed.

“Our mission is to provide education, resources and support to those struggling with Substance Use Disorder, and we are proud to establish this partnership with CMCREW to help us achieve our goals” said Lisa Daniels-Goldman, co-founder of the Jamie Daniels Foundation.

There are two target populations that will be served through this grant. The first is those students developing an unhealthy relationship with alcohol and drugs, particularly in dealing with the stressors of college life. The second group is those students in early or established recovery from a Substance Use Disorder who need help in re‐constructing their lives and creating a life‐long recovery plan.

“We know students may have a pre-existing substance use disorder, and aspects of college culture can exacerbate that condition. This partnership with the Jamie Daniels Foundation will help provide support for students to manage and overcome these challenges” said Sam Price, President/CEO, Ten16.

Grantee Story: Student and parent prevention training

At the Jamie Daniels Foundation we know that substance use prevention programming in the schools is critical, probably now more than ever. Substance use has increased during COVID, vaping rates have doubled in the past two years, and today the average age of first-time alcohol use is fourteen.

That’s why the Jamie Daniels Foundation, in partnership with The Children’s Foundation, jointly supported the Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities (LAHC) in their Life Skills Roots To Grow program which focuses on the prevention of marijuana, opioid, alcohol, and vaping use and consumption.

The program targeted over 800 ninth and tenth grade students at Edsel Ford High School, in Dearborn, during the 2020-2021 school year. A large percentage of the students are Arab American and include immigrants, refugees and English Language Learners. There is a great deal of stigma in the Arab American population associated with substance use and seeking professional help for addiction, and this program is meant to help reduce that stigma.

Students received 10 weeks of virtual, interactive and engaging substance abuse prevention programming. Additionally, 200 parents were expected to receive education on substance use, treatment, and the safe disposal of prescription medications. Learn more about the program in the video below.

Overdose preparedness through Narcan training

At the Jamie Daniels Foundation we are guided by the belief that one life lost is one life too many. As part of that mission, we are passionate about equipping families, friends, teachers, and community members with the ability to administer Narcan should they be faced with saving a life during an opioid overdose emergency.

In June we partnered with Alliance of Coalitions, and many other organizations, in promoting the free training in the use of Naloxone (also known by the brand name, Narcan®) a prescription drug that temporarily blocks opioid receptors in one’s body in order to reverse an opioid overdose until first responders arrive.

The training includes information on:

  • Signs & symptoms of an opioid overdose
  • Quick actions to take to help save a life and reverse a potential opioid overdose
  • How to easily and properly use Narcan nasal spray
  • Resource sharing
  • If you use your Narcan, how can you obtain a refill

This past month, more than 70 people were trained in a single session, including the Jamie Daniels Foundation new Executive Director, Chris Perry, “I found the class straightforward and essential. It means a loved one or friend can learn about overdose prevention and administer help even before medical help arrives”.

This interactive class, presented by a Certified Narcan & CPR Trained instructor from the Alliance, takes only 1 hour and a Save A Life Narcan Kit will be mailed directly to you once essential forms have been completed.

We invite you to be prepared in case of an emergency by registering for an upcoming class: Narcan Training Signup

Chris Perry named Executive Director of Jamie Daniels Foundation

DETROIT, May 10, 2021 – The Jamie Daniels Foundation, an initiative of The Children’s Foundation, announced today that Chris Perry has joined the organization as executive director.

Perry was most recently with United Way for Southeastern Michigan where he served in a variety of C-suite positions. Prior to shifting to the non-profit sector Perry worked in automotive, first with Isuzu and Hyundai in California, and then General Motors in Michigan.

“Chris’s experience with several key organizations in the community will bring great value to the Jamie Daniels Foundation efforts,” said Lawrence J. Burns, President & CEO of The Children’s Foundation.

In this role, Chris will work in conjunction with the Jamie Daniels Foundation co-founders Ken Daniels and Lisa Daniels-Goldman and the Board of Trustees on the development and execution of strategic partnerships, as well as maintaining responsibility for the organization’s philanthropic efforts.

“I’m honored to be appointed the first executive director of the Jamie Daniels Foundation and I look forward to building on the momentum that has already been established” Perry said.

Perry currently serves as an advisory board member for Samaritan’s Feet International, has previously served as a board member for United Way for Southeastern Michigan and the GM Foundation, is the former board chair of Beyond Basics, former governor of Opportunity International and has served as a member of the JDRF Marketing Committee.


About the Jamie Daniels Foundation

In 2018, Ken Daniels and Lisa Daniels-Goldman established the Jamie Daniels Foundation in memory of their late son, Jamie, who died from an overdose at the age of 23 while receiving treatment for a Substance Use Disorder. Despite the support of his family, Jamie’s life was tragically lost due to substandard care and the predatory practices that exist in the billion-dollar substance use recovery business. Their hope is to save others’ lives by providing education, resources, guidance and support to those struggling with substance use or know someone who is. The Children’s Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health and wellness of children and families. With an area of focus on mental health, The Children’s Foundation is collaborating with the Jamie Daniels Foundation to lead children and families on a path to a happier, healthier future.  Learn more at

About The Children’s Foundation

The Children’s Foundation is a premier foundation focused on the health and well-being of the children of Michigan and their families by working in collaboration with other organizations in the community.  By listening to community needs The Foundation responds by mobilizing and enhancing resources through innovative partnerships and funding models. Since 2011, the Foundation has distributed more than 70 million dollars in grant funding to more than 120 partners throughout the state. Current initiatives of The Children’s Foundation include Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, The Jamie Daniels Foundation, First Tee- Greater Detroit and the Paul W. Smith Charities. Current areas of focus for the Foundation include mental health, nutritional wellness, abuse and neglect, oncology and cardiology research and injury prevention. Learn more at

The Power (Play) of $40: Red Wings fans rally to raise funds for the Jamie Daniels Foundation

Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It is no secret that our beloved Detroit Red Wings had been in a power play slump, unable to score on a short-handed opposing team for 40 consecutive attempts. But because the Wings have the best fans in the world, Hockeytown rallied to turn their team’s predicament into a good cause, raising nearly $15,000 for the Jamie Daniels Foundation!

Embodying the spirit of Detroit, a Reddit member of the Detroit Red Wings subreddit at username u/Denver_Law14, suggested members provide a group donation to the Jamie Daniels Foundation based on the Red Wings power play woes. For each missed power play opportunity, fans would donate $1. The foundation was chosen in support of Red Wings Lead Announcer, Ken Daniels who is a co-founder of the Jamie Daniels Foundation and started the initiative with Jamie’s mother, Lisa Daniels-Goldman, after losing their son to an overdose in 2016.

Jamie Daniels Foundation Power Play Challenge! from r/DetroitRedWings

The idea was then brought to Twitter by Prashanth Iyer, who is also the co-host of Wings For Breakfast podcast from The Athletic Detroit, on Friday, February 26. From there it went viral with the effort being discussed on several popular podcasts and radio stations. 

On Saturday, February 27 in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Red Wings’ Christian Djoos finally broke the team’s power play slump. As a result, more than 280 individual donations were made to the Jamie Daniels Foundation in the average amount of $40.

This generous grass-roots campaign is representative of the heart of Detroit and comradery of the Red Wings community, which has been incredibly supportive of the foundation and the Annual Celebrity Roast. Not only has this power play push raised important funds, but because of its momentum, it has raised awareness about Substance Use Disorder and our message at the Jamie Daniels Foundation which will inevitably make a difference for so many. 

With Hockeytown’s support, we can continue working toward ending the stigma associated with Substance Use Disorder, provide substance use prevention support, and resources to individuals in recovery. Thank you to all those who were involved in this compelling act of generosity. Together, we can do more. LGRW!

If you’d like to make a gift to the Jamie Daniels Foundation, please click here.

Co-Founders, Ken Daniels and Lisa Daniels-Goldman, provide foundation update on Crain’s Detroit

In an interview with The Children’s Foundation President & CEO, Larry Burns, Ken Daniels and Lisa Daniels-Goldman, co-founders of Jamie Daniels Foundation share how they are channeling the tragic loss of their son, Jamie, into providing support for those suffering from Substance Use Disorder.

During their conversation, the co-founders recapped the Second Annual Celebrity Roast and discussed a variety of grant projects funded by Jamie Daniels Foundation that are providing programming and resources for those struggling with Substance Use Disorder and destigmatizing the mental health conditions associated with it.

Ken and Lisa also discussed a collaboration with the state of Michigan, to build an 80-unit apartment complex that will support those in recovery. The recovery housing will provide job training and financial literacy classes along with health and wellness programs. 

Click here to view the full conversation and learn more details of this project.