Mark McManus Foundation
The Mark McManus Foundation provides community outreach for all age groups to discuss the real risks associated with prescription drug use, misuse, and addiction. We work to end the stigma surrounding addiction by providing prevention tools, alternative therapy treatments and ways to support those in recovery. Our goal is to shift our cultural thinking on how we address pain and support mental health.
The fund was started by Mara McManus Rhodes, Co-Founder of The Rx Task Force after she lost her younger brother and only sibling to prescription drug addiction in 2014. In collaboration with The Yampa Valley Community Foundation, donations benefit programs for youth, parents, clinicians, coaches, mentors, and professionals. In Mark’s legacy, the hope is that no one will be in the dark about the power of addiction.
- ‘More PT – Less Rx’ Program to be offered through Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation and Sports Med. A developing program available to patients who need financial assistance with physical therapy treatments for injury rehabilitation.
- Chief Theater Film Series to follow in Spring.
In the News
Routt County groups tackle prescription drug addiction with success
Emerald Mountain School hosts talk about prescription drugs
Opioid use down 40 percent as part of the pilot program at Yampa Valley Medical Center
Mara Rhodes named RX Task Force regional coordinator
Feeling the Force
Colorado hospitals launch ambitious program to reduce opioid addiction
Steamboat briefs: Local groups set to present Manic Task Force Challenge
An Interview with Mara
Our View: Join the community conversation
Rx Task Force Founder Shares Her Experience With The Student Body
Doctor addresses opiate abuse, heroin
Rx Task Force to headline Coffee and a Newspaper April 6
Third Lunch & Learn focuses on mental illness, the brain, and teens
Law enforcement explores new program to fight opioid addiction
Four-part Lunch & Learn series on opiate abuse begins Wednesday
Rx Task Force to host new series of forums on opioid abuse
Rx Task Force gains momentum through Lunch & Learn series
Yampa Valley Medical Center joining pilot program to reduce opioid use in emergency rooms
Breaking the silence: Steamboat Springs is not immune to national health crisis
- Hosted the 2nd Annual RX Task Force Lunch and Learn October 2017
- On 4/20 the group presented to faculty and Junior & Senior Class at SSHS – 350 in attendance.
- Drug take-back events in September 2015 & March 2016 with Routt County Sheriff’s Office (collected a total 82 lbs of medication)
- Four-part Lunch & Learn Series March 2016 – 600 people attended
- Three-part evening learn series at The Chief – 60 people attended
- Chasing the Dragon film premier The Chief- 60 people attended
- Educational presentation to Manic Task Force Challenge participants – 150 people attended
- Presentation to Steamboat Mountain High School students & staff – 70 people attended
- Presentation at Routt County Board of Health Meeting – 10 people attended
- Presentation at Steamboat Restaurant Association meeting – 40 people attended
- Presentation at the Steamboat Ski Corp hiring staff and executives – 40 people attended
- Presentation to YVCF Women Who Wine – 10 people attended