For too long, recovery has been accessible to only a few. Release Foundation is changing that.

Release Recovery Foundation envisions a world where everyone has access to addiction and mental health treatment. Our goal is to remove financial barriers to treatment for those who can’t afford it through scholarships at NAATP-vetted facilities across the country. Our scholarships can go toward residential treatment services, extended care sober living, intensive outpatient treatment, intervention, counseling, and more. In our first three years, we’ve given out more than 115 scholarships to those in need.

Bridging the Gap in Underserved Communities

We have seen a disturbing trend among treatment centers: very low rates of minorities and LGTBQ+ are accessing services, even though NSDUH data shows the LGBTQ+ community suffers from higher rates of substance abuse than the general population. NSDUH data also reveals the BIPOC community is 10% less likely than the general population to seek treatment for substance use disorder or mental illness and 25% less likely to complete it. That is why we have created scholarships specifically devoted to bridging the gap in these communities. Learn more below. 

How Funding Works

Who is eligible for funding?

Anyone who needs treatment, is willing to get it, and is unable to afford it is welcome to apply for scholarship funding. All those willing and in need—whether that’s you, a loved one, or a patient—will be considered.

How do I apply for scholarship funding?

The first step is for each applicant and/or referring treatment center to fill out a simple application (request an application at the bottom of this page). Our scholarship qualification committee then reviews the application and sets up a screening interview to better understand the type of support that is needed, the level of financial assistance required, and the willingness of the individual to comply with all clinical recommendations should assistance be granted. 


The RRF team is comprised of leaders with lived experience. We deeply understand the importance of urgency when a person is ready and willing to seek help. We aim to make decisions as quickly as possible. If funding is approved, we will coordinate care and funding with our partners and develop a plan to start down the path of recovery.

What treatment services does the funding cover?

The services and resources our scholarship funding covers include:

  • Inpatient treatment centers.
  • Interventionists.
  • Outpatient treatment centers.
  • Individual therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists.
  • Recovery coaches.
Does everyone who applies receive funding?

While the Release Foundation can’t assist every single applicant, our whole team is here to help in any way we can. If we are unable to fund an applicant, we will strive to point them in the right direction and connect them to other resources.

Where can scholarship recipients receive treatment?

Release Recovery Foundation is the nonprofit arm of Release Recovery. Our scholarships do not go toward the for-profit, however, but rather to a select group of trusted, NAATP-vetted partners. We work tirelessly to screen providers and ensure that our funding only goes to the most ethical professionals. We have provided scholarships to the following programs/providers:

Alpha Behavioral Health

Ashley Addiction Treatment

Brad Richards Inc.

Breaktide Coaching

Brookdale Premier Addiction Recovery

Caron Treatment Centers

Charleston Recovery Center, Inc.

Charlie Health

Cirque Lodge

Dr. Alex Horowitz

Princeton Detox and Recovery Center

The Guest House Ocala

High Watch Recovery Center

Innovo Detox

Integrative Life Center

Jonathan Rauch, LMSW, CASAC-T, CIP

Maryland Addiction Recovery Center


Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services

Recovery Care Partner

Recovery Centers of America

Right Path House, LLC

Shoreline Recovery Sober Living

St. Paul Sober Living

Surfside Recovery Services

Synergy Houses

The Bridge to Recovery

The Counseling Center

The Retreat (Wayzata, Minnesota)

The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center

Transitions In Recovery

Wendy Caplan, LICSW

Recovery at Wildwood Farm

Support Our Scholarship Fund Today


Help us bridge the gap between what people can afford and what people need to transform their lives. Help us reach more people. Help us save more lives.

“Your kindness and commitment to finding my husband the help he needed was the most valuable gift we have ever received as a family. Release Foundation gave my husband care that he so desperately needed, and we absolutely could not have afforded on our own. Our family remaining together and whole was only possible if he was able to get the help he needed, and you all made that happen.”

– Natalie B.

Ready for help?

Complete this form, or contact us directly at or (646) 883-6196 to request a scholarship application.