The Jamie Daniels Foundation grants funds to support community partners that provide programs, resources, and solutions that address the ongoing drug epidemic in our country. The foundation also advocates for legislative change as it relates to drug use and prescribing. Our primary focus is on children, young adults (up to age 24), and their families who are battling Substance Use Disorder through three key initiatives: Prevention, Recovery, and Stigma Reduction.
As an initiative of The Children’s Foundation and its important mission, role, and reputation as a leader of health and wellness in the community, the Jamie Daniels Foundation is provided with essential support and expertise, creating a partnership that has a broader reach, grants more funds, and saves more lives.
Stopping Substance Use Disorder Before It Starts
More than 90% of people in the United States struggling with Substance Use Disorder — colloquially known as addiction or alcoholism — engaged with drugs or alcohol prior to their eighteenth birthday. This was the case for Jamie Daniels, and there are countless children across the U.S. that will ultimately face the same challenges Jamie and his family fought so hard to overcome.
While the awareness and treatment of Substance Use Disorders has significantly improved in recent years, Substance Use Disorder is primarily treated on the individual level and not addressed until there are serious consequences for the child and the family.
The Jamie Daniels Foundation is cultivating and leveraging best-in-class partnerships and programs with the goal of educating and supporting communities about the prevention of use and misuse of drugs. Substance Use Disorder has the ability to take lives in an instant. It poses life-long challenges for children and families. These unprecedented threats to society demand this long-term commitment to our families, our communities, and our future generations.
Saving Lives And Helping Children Reach Their Full Potential
There are currently hundreds of thousands of children and families across the U.S. struggling with a Substance Use Disorder that don’t know where to turn. As any family that has experienced a Substance Use Disorder knows, treatment options are often difficult to navigate and can create large financial burdens.
The Jamie Daniels Foundation provides financial support to organizations and funds initiatives that benefit children and families seeking recovery from a Substance Use Disorder so they can live a self-directed life and strive to reach their full potential.
Recovery from a Substance Use Disorder necessitates the support of experienced clinicians, and in many cases, in-patient care. By making a gift to The Jamie Daniels Foundation, you are helping us support children and families with the recovery services and skills necessary to manage their disease.
Improving Prevention, Improving Recovery
The greatest obstacle we face as a society in the prevention and successful treatment of Substance Use Disorder is the stigma associated with substance use. Like heart disease and diabetes, Substance Use Disorder is a lifelong chronic disease that requires specific interventions and ongoing monitoring.
If more people recognized Substance Use Disorder as a clinical illness and discussed it as we do other lifelong chronic diseases, we would see fewer people developing Substance Use Disorders, more successful recoveries, and far fewer deaths.
The Jamie Daniels Foundation is already fueling these measurable outcomes. We engage with parents, teachers, administrators, legislators, and other community leaders to help them understand the needs, trends, and data that reduce the stigma associated with Substance Use Disorders. By promoting an accurate understanding of Substance Use Disorder, we can reduce the barriers associated with seeking help and create the awareness that makes early intervention possible.