About Us

Recovery Is Happening (“RIH”) is Minnesota’s leading non profit, full service Recovery Community Organizations. We mobilize and develop resources within and outside of the recovery community in public education, policy advocacy and is a peer based recovery support service, we are solution focused with a primary focus on mobilizing individual and community resources to promote recovery, through a menu of service or models of care that best fits the needs of the individual. The RCO embraces all pathways to recovery. Evidence shows that extended access to recovery services increases quality of outcomes.

What We Do

Peer Recovery Support

Intensive Out-Patient Treatment

Telephone Recovery Support

Parent Recovery Liaison

Recovery Housing

Emergency Department Program

On-Demand Assessments

Our mission is to develop and mobilize resources that enhance long term recovery from substance use challenges through education, public advocacy and peer to peer support based services.

Across our organization we work with people in recovery and the organizations and institutions that serve them, integrating services and collaborating with other providers as part of a comprehensive system of care.

Recovery Community Organization

A recovery community organization (RCO) is an independent, non-profit organization led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery. These organizations organize recovery-focused policy advocacy activities, carry out recovery-focused community education and outreach programs, and provide peer-based recovery support services. The broadly defined recovery community – people in long-term recovery, their families, friends and allies, including recovery-focused addiction and recovery professionals – includes organizations whose members reflect religious, spiritual and secular pathways of recovery. The sole mission of an RCO is to mobilize resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Public education, policy advocacy and peer-based recovery support services are the strategies through which the mission is achieved.

Impact Statement

In 2019, we served 14,000 people in the southeastern Minnesota area. In the coming year, we will be focusing efforts on expanding our capacity to extend our activities across the 11-county area we are committed to serve. Those counties include Rice, Goodhue, Wabasha, Steele, Dodge, Olmsted, Winona, Freeborn, Mower, Fillmore and Houston.

We have numerous partners with whom we collaborate. These partnerships have enhanced our opportunity to reach those impacted with substance use challenges, those include: Southeastern Minnesota Probation Departments, Olmsted County Jail, Faribault and Shakopee Prison, New Season, Rochester Metro Treatment Center, Mayo Clinic Treatment Emergency Room; Zumbro Valley Health Systems Treatment and Detox Center.

We also have a strong working relationship with Olmsted County Community Services department and Teen Challenge.  These partner organizations will play a role in referring individuals who need treatment for OUD.

We work closely with the criminal justice system, especially re-entry programs such as The Odyssey Program, Olmsted County Probation, Community Work Service, Child Protection, and Adult Behavioral Health. RIH has spent years building strong relationships with key stakeholders in the County and State. Since 2006, our leadership has facilitated Minnesota’s prioritizing peer-to-peer consultation, alcohol and other drug problems within the child welfare system through shared leadership with parent and community leaders and systemic strategies.

One of our biggest collaborative projects has been teaming with Olmsted County leaders on advocating for a Drug Court in Olmsted County which provided a forum for the community to come together to speak out about the needed support for those suffering with substance use disorders. We are proud to report this advocacy project has led to Olmsted County having a Drug Court start in May of 2016. This continued relationship building will reach people in need of treatment for OUD.


2018 Public Health Champion Group Award: Recovery Is Happening

The Public Health Awards honor individuals, groups, businesses, and agencies for their exceptional contributions in making our communities a healthier place to live, work and play.

Recovery is Happening (RIH), an independent, grassroots, non-profit organization led and supported by the local recovery community,is focused on mobilizing resources that enhance long-term recovery from substance use issues through education, advocacy and peer support. Prior to RIH, people struggling with addiction didn’t have a resource for next steps. Now, RIH hosts many recovery support and discussion groups, and weekly programs run volunteers and staff . Since the organization began, they held 6 Recovery Coach Academies and trained 62 peer recover specialist who made 727 recovery community connections. They’ve also trained 13 volunteers who have made 1687 support calls to struggling individuals. In 2016, Opened two sober living homes: one for men and another for women. They also have a Recover Parent Partners program and offer a one-year intensive outpatient treatment program. The strong and dedicated RIH staff, Volunteers and committed supporters, are making a lasting difference in lives of our family, friends, and neighbors.

2016 Pinwheel Award, Recovery Is Happening, for excellence in the prevention of child abuse and neglect

Each year, Minnesota Community Caring for Children spotlights tribes and communities statewide that have consistently worked to create safe and healthy environment for children. The Pinwheel Award is presented annually to recognized community  that exemplify a strong commitment to the prevention to the prevention of child maltreatment through collaborative efforts. Work at the community level is crucial to creating environments where families and children thrive.

2016 Voice Awards Program

SAMHSA’S Voice Awards program honors people in recovery and their family member who are improving the lives of people with mental illness, substance use disorders, or both in communities across the country. The awards program also recognizes television and   film productions that educate the public about behavioral health and showcase that recovery is real and possible through treatment and recovery supports.

Tiffany Hunsley, 2016 Voice Award, Consumer /Peer/Family Leadership

Tiffany Hunsley leads a life of long-term recovery and is a mother of four. She is the founder and executive director of Recovery Is Happening, a recovery community organization that envisions a place where long-term recovery is effectively supported, integrated and nurtured.

Tiffany’s work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Alcohol and Other Drugs Project has helped identify ways to improve court-related performance and outcomes for children and families involved in child protection court proceedings. Her successful reunification with her children is a reminder of the overarching goal of the child protection system- to reunify parents and children when it is safe to do so.

Tiffany knows that peer recovery support is vital for long-term recovery. Recovery Is Happening enhances recovery-oriented systems of care by creating a peer support recovery program for parents whose lives have been affected by alcohol and other drug addictions. Parent Recovery Partners-trained parents who already have navigated through recovery, child welfare, chemical health, and court systems-are there to mentor, advocate for, educate, and empower other parents currently in or seeking recovery.

As a parent leader, Tiffany is working as a part of the Olmsted County, MN, Executive Steering Committe for Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project Dissemination and Implementation and the Think Families Grant Project. She also is part of the Prenatal Exposure workgroup to develop a child welfare and child protection response for statewide implementation to recommend best practices, protocols, and services for pregnant women who are using alcohol or controlled substances.

Board of Directors

Mary Foss
Charlie Perkins
David Conrad
Sharon Dunemann
Debra Schmidt
Mandie Anderson
Don Van Ryn
Sarah Kirk-Maass

Tim Volz
Treatment Director

Aaron Konkel
Billing Specialist

Jenna Christensen
Director Of Operations

Dale DePeel

Jackie LeTourneau

Pamela Fischer

Cheryl Otto
Lead Peer Recovery Specialist

Ethel Chitseko
Peer Recovery Specialist





Jeremy Johannsen
Peer Recovery Specialist

Marie Sontag
Peer Recovery Specialist