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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.

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ATR can purchase desperately needed clothes, food, hygiene products, cell phones, driver’s licenses, state IDs, or other necessities or help meet participants’ employment, education, or medical needs.
 
Providers offer the service in several different ways:
  • 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.
ATR will pay for various items that can help a participant access an education. Examples include:
  • 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
The Career Building Initiative (CBI) program helps participants get ready to enter the job market. It includes “job readiness” programs, which are like boot camp for how to get a job, and occupational training programs in specific fields, such as culinary, hospitality, office work, commercial cleaning, and building trades. 
 
All of the ATR job training programs have been selected because they train in fields that have CORI-friendly (Criminal Offender Record Information) jobs. Some of the CBI programs can even help participants get their CORI sealed, if eligible. If people are willing to work hard, the ATR CBI Program is willing to work hard to get them a job!
Wellness services are directed toward improving overall health and well-being to support recovery and include services that may not be covered by traditional health insurance, such as:
  • Co-pays for medical appointments
  • Dental services
  • Eye glasses
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Gym memberships
  • Smoking cessation
  • Weight loss counseling
  • Relaxation and meditation
  • Yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Homeopathy

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.

Coaches must:

  • 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.  

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