How are participants' needs determined and met?

Once a referral is made to an ATR Coordinator by a professional in an outside agency/organization from within the recovery community, the ATR Coordinator reviews the referral documentation to verify the individual’s eligibility to participate in the ATR Program. Once the eligibility requirements are validated:
  • The ATR Coordinator schedules an intake appointment with the new participant, which typically takes at least one hour.
  • At the intake appointment, the ATR Coordinator works with each participant to develop an individualized Recovery Plan.
  • The ATR Coordinator helps the participant choose the services that will be most helpful to the participant's recovery during their time in ATR and then will choose which providers from within our ATR Provider Network to refer to for the desired services.
  • The ATR Coordinator authorizes ATR vouchers to cover the cost of services.
  • The ATR Coordinator engages at least on a MONTHLY basis with each participant to make sure needs are being met.
  • At 6 months (from the intake date), the ATR Coordinator meets with the participant to discuss how things have gone - if goals have been met and if outside referrals are necessary.

Who is Eligible?

Click here to print out the referral form to determine eligibility. This form is not to be completed by the individual seeking ATR services.

Can individuals refer themselves to ATR?

No. Everyone who wishes to participate in ATR must be connected to an organization within the recovery community. That organization must refer the individual.

How do people who are released from incarceration get into ATR?

There are several ways. They can talk to the staff in the jail who will be informed about ATR. Also, they can get referred to a recovery organization in the community and ask that organization to refer them to ATR.

Are you serving veterans?

We are very eager to serve those who have served in the U.S. Military.

How do I refer a client to ATR?

In Greater Springfield, contact:
IHR (Institute for Health & Recovery)
155 Maple Street, Suite 304
Springfield, MA 01105
  • ATR Coordinator Jackie Segarra (617) 845-6403
  • ATR Coordinator Omar Delgado (413) 237-0049 
For the Downtown Boston Office, contact:
IHR (Institute for Health & Recovery)
105 Chauncy Street, Suite #602
Boston, MA 02111
  • ATR Coordinator - Patricia Exilus (617) 645-7668
  • ATR Coordinator - Raymond Joyner (617) 999-9055
For the South Boston Office, contact:
Gavin Foundation
70 Devine Way
South Boston, MA 02127
  • ATR Coordinator - Chris Miller (857) 496-7344
  • ATR Coordinator - Stephen Steele (857) 496-7339
  • ATR Coordinator - Kelly Murphy (857) 496-7343
In New Bedford, contact:
Gavin Foundation
13 North 6th Street
New Beford, MA 02740
  • ATR Coordinator - Jenny Baker (508) 742-6640
In Worcester, contact:
Gavin Foundation
101 Pleasant Street, Suite #101
Worcester, MA 01609
  • ATR Coordinator - John Abbott (508) 459-9645
  • ATR Coordinator - John Derry (508) 459-9645

What are the categories of services offered in ATR?

  • Purchasing of basic needs items, state identification cards such as driver's licenses, driver's permits, and state ID cards, registration fees
  • Public transportation passes
  • Employment training services and support to pursue educational goals
  • Health and wellness programs (gym membership, nutritional counseling, smoking cessation)
  • Assistance with medical co-pays, eyeglasses, prescriptions, dental care
  • Connection to the recovery commuinity such as Recovery Coaching services

Why should my agency become an ATR Provider?

  • Receive payment for services that are not presently reimbursed.
  • Receive additional revenue to support program enhancements.
  • Participants already in your agency can obtain non-traditional recovery support services that will help them in their recovery, and they can be paid for by ATR.
  • You will be part of a network that partners with participants, providers, and the state to develop a comprehensive recovery support system and will add needed services to the continuum.
  • You will receive training, capacity-building, and technical assistance from local and national consultants.

What does my agency need to consider before applying to be an ATR Provider?

  • What services could your organization offer ATR participants?
  • Do you have a special niche, i.e., languages spoken, multi-cultural staff, easy access by public transportation?
  • How can you best market those services to entice participants to choose your agency?
  • What will be your process for initially meeting with these participantss? Who will they call? How will they make the appointment?

How does my agency become an ATR Provider?

Visit the Program Information page.

What if our agency becomes overwhelmed by the number of participants coming to us?

A provider can suspend referrals at any time if the organization's capacity is full at any given time. All the provider has to do is call our Provider Help Line at: (855) 491-4567 and we will make sure no additional participants are referred to you until you let us know to start up again.

Can providers terminate for any reason?

Yes, providers can ask to be removed from our Provider Network at any time. Also, if the provider has reached its capacity in terms of staff capacity to service participants, the provider can ask to have referrals temporarily turned off. Then when it is possible to begin to accept them again, we can turn the referral switch back on!

Do participants have a limited number of vouchers they can receive?

Yes, participants have a limited amount of dollars they can use on vouchers.

How do new ideas for services get relayed to the MA Bureau of Substance Abuse Services?

Call (978) 261-1424 and ask to speak to Rebecca Starr, Project Director.

Are there any types of services for which ATR vouchers cannot pay for?

Yes. If a service can be reimbursed through health insurance or BSAS or other government grant funding, ATR cannot pay. ATR can only pay for services not reimbursed through any other means.

Can ATR vouchers pay for medication?

Since most medications are paid through health insurance, ATR will be able to pay for co-pays only or medical support that is not covered by third party billing/insurance.