ATR connects program participants with a wide range of recovery support services, both traditional and non-traditional.
Through its voucher system, ATR pays for many services not currently covered by third-party health insurance (MassHealth or private insurance), state funding through the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS), or other government-funded programs. ATR coordinators work with program participants to identify the appropriate mix of recovery supports and connects them to service providers.
- Personal Shopping: The provider takes the participant shopping for the products (like clothes, winter coats, hygiene products), and pays for the purchase. To keep participants and staff safe during the COVID-19 crisis, personal shopping trips have been put on hold. Instead, ATR is offering online shopping, one-on-one with the participants and their ATR Coordinator.
- Bill Paying Service: The provider writes out a check on behalf of the participant for a purchase or bill.
- Motor Vehicle Registry: Very often individuals do not have any form of identification. ATR will pay for the participant to go to the Registry of Motor Vehicles to obtain a state ID or even a drivers license or permit. ATR will also pay for individuals to get certified copies of birth certificates necessary to obtain identification cards.
- Transportation: ATR will pay for bus or subway passes for participants to attend treatment, recovery support services, job training programs, work, school, or to improve social connections.
- Paying for an inexpensive laptop for taking class notes and completing assignments
- Paying for partial tuition costs at an educational institution
- Paying toward classes for a HiSET (High School Equivalency Test), ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages)
- Paying for text books
- Co-pays for medical appointments
- Dental services
- Eye glasses
- Nutritional counseling
- Gym memberships
- Smoking cessation
- Weight loss counseling
- Relaxation and meditation
- Tai chi
An ATR Recovery Coach can support participants by serving as a personal guide and mentor as they navigate their recovery. Recovery Coaches meet in person to provide individualized support, teach skills to live a healthy lifestyle, and help develop connections to a supportive recovery community.
A Recovery Coach is different than a sponsor. A sponsor volunteers to help their sponsee work through a 12-step program, while a coach focuses on helping the person in recovery make the lifestyle changes necessary to improve their quality of life.
Recovery coaches do not provide clinical services like a paid therapist or counselor. However, they often become a very important member of a person’s recovery support network. Recovery coaches work with people from diverse backgrounds; they help to motivate and encourage individuals in recovery during times of struggle and they may be called on to support individuals when they are experiencing difficult emotional states. Many people have a Recovery Coach, counselor/therapist and sponsor all at the same time! Having a diverse support network is critical to recovery.
- have completed training through the Recovery Coach Academy;
- work under the auspices of an approved ATR Provider; and
- receive regular supervision from the provider that hires them.
Funded by an earmark from the MA State Legislature through September 29th, 2020, the ATR pilot project was aimed at addressing a very critical recovery support for ATR participants – HOUSING. The model of this pilot was designed to provide wrap-around support to ATR participants experiencing housing instability by addressing both their housing and recovery needs.
Unfortunately, our Sober Home Pilot Project will be ending on September 29th, as ATR has not received further funding to be able to continue with this program. We are disappointed to not be able to continue providing this valuable service for our participants.
We know housing is a critical need for ATR participants and our Sober Home Pilot Project was a successful model in helping our participants transition into a living environment that supports their recovery while assisting towards being more self-sufficient. If ATR is able to continue to provide this essential service to our participants in the future, we will be sure to let you know.