FOUNDER & CEO
Jamison Monroe, Jr.
Teen Mental Health Advocate
Jamison Monroe, Jr., brings years of both professional and personal recovery experience to his leadership of Newport Academy. Jamison cares deeply about teens and their families facing mental health challenges, and is dedicated to providing the highest-quality treatment. As a result, he has become a prominent voice in the field of adolescent mental health, and an active participant in the movement to reduce the stigma around mental health and substance abuse challenges. Jamison is a writer, spokesperson, kundalini yoga instructor, and meditation teacher. Furthermore, he is a strong advocate for holistic learning and compassionate care for all teenagers.
Reducing the Stigma
Prior to founding Newport Academy, Jamison worked in multiple mental health and co-occurring disorder treatment facilities—starting his career as an overnight coordinator and working his way up to Executive Director. Today, he is a credited expert in the field of teen treatment and has appeared on CNN, FOX, ABC, and other major networks. He is a featured contributor to the Huffington Post and PsychologyToday.com, and has lectured at TedX and the Aspen Ideas Festival. Newport Academy’s program has been recognized as the “most comprehensive in the US” and has been covered by media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, Fox News, and the Today Show.
In his effort to de-stigmatize and expand access to mental health and addiction treatment, Jamison is involved with numerous projects and initiatives, including the Inspiration Foundation, the Global Adolescent Project, and Drugs Over Dinner. He was a producer of the critically acclaimed documentary film Behind the Orange Curtain, about the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the US. Jamison has been invited to speak in international settings; he testified before England’s Parliament on the subject of teen prescription drug abuse and gave the keynote address at the United Kingdom and European Symposium on Addictive Disorders. Jamison is the recipient of the Freedom Institute’s 2014 Mona Mansell Award for his indelible impact on the recovery field and community.
Newport Academy…in his own words
“We set out to build Newport Academy as a comprehensive treatment alternative to teen rehabilitation. Therefore, our approach addresses the ‘why,’ not just the ‘what.’ In addition, our treatment programs focus on each teen’s unique DNA, history, temperament, and constitution, providing an integrated approach. Consequently, this balances their psychological, biological, social, educational, and spiritual needs. It is our mission to continue to provide the most comprehensive, impactful treatment. Hence, we enable young people to move out of the darkness and into the light, into happy, fulfilling lives.” –Jamison Monroe
- Recipient of the Freedom Institute’s 2014 Mona Mansell Award
- Recovery Month planning partner for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration worldwide
- Co-founder of Drugs over Dinner, advocating open conversation about drug use in families and communities
- Featured speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Association of Recovery Schools Annual Conference