Individuals who struggle with substance use disorders face more barriers to treatment than individuals with any other health issue. This is due to the stigma associated with addiction in the health community and its behavioral impact on those diagnosed with it. Break Free aims to remove the financial barrier that accompanies SUD by offering scholarships for individuals seeking recovery.
Our scholarship program allows marginalized and under-served groups the opportunity to access top-tier, evidence-based, extended-care treatment at no to low cost.
History of the Scholarship Program
The Break Free Foundation seeks to aid individuals and families struggling with their mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders, to find viable, quality treatment through tools and resources, education, support, harm reduction, and advocacy. We aid individuals seeking recovery through the Break Free scholarship fund which sends anyone who lacks the financial resources to attend a recovery center to do so at no cost to them.
In 2022 we sent 12 individuals to a recovery center through our two scholarship offerings: one is a general offering that anyone seeking recovery can apply to through our collaboration with 10,000 Beds, and the other one is the Sergeant Tyler Memorial fund for veterans and active service members to attend a treatment facility.
In 2023, we aim to expand our scholarships to include an offering to aid individuals in seeking behavioral health services, as well as to double our scholarship offerings. We have partnered with Recovery Centers of America's South Amboy campus to offer 30 days of inpatient treatment and 30 days of outpatient treatment for 1-2 individuals in need per month for residents of New Jersey. Residents of New York, can attend RCA for a 30-day inpatient program and then attend outpatient services from Realization Center for 120 days.
When Are Applications Open?
Our online scholarship application is open annually on the 25th of each month, with selections being made on the 28th and the recipient attending the center on the 1st of every month for a 30-day inpatient stay and a 30-120 outpatient program.
Please keep in mind that we are not a 24/7 instant access service, nor are we an overnight placement service or a hotline. If you are in an emergency situation, call 911 immediately. For crisis dealing with mental health, call 988.
If you have a pending application or are applying now, please note that your application will be prioritized in the order in which it is received, as well as a variety of other factors (i.e. bed availability, clinical assessment, etc.)
You can apply for the Break Free Scholarship by either downloading the application and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Scholarship Application” or you can fill out the Google Form below.