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ATR connects program participants with a wide range of recovery support services.

Through its electronic service management 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 ATR service providers. For a full list of services, please visit our ATR Menu of Services (English) (Spanish).

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Participants are given a fund of money that can be used to cover some of their basic needs and their children’s needs.  They work with their ATR Coordinator to determine the best use of this fund.
ATR can purchase desperately needed basic needs items, such as clothes, food, hygiene products, children’s needs, cell phones, transportation passes, driver’s licenses, state IDs, or other necessities.
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. 
  • 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 provides transportation passes to enable participants to access recovery support services offered by ATR and outside recovery support providers. Participants are also able to keep appointments with probation, doctors, counseling, job training, and other basic needs that may be pivotal to their recovery.

Meeting basic needs and spending a little time can make a huge difference.

The Career Building Initiative 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 the job training programs have been selected because they train in fields that will hire individuals who have a criminal record. The Career Building Initiative can even help participants get their CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) sealed, if eligible. If people are willing to work hard, ATR is willing to work hard to get them a job!
ATR will also 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), or ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Paying for textbooks

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.

ATR addresses another critical recovery support for  ATR participants – HOUSING.  Sober home services provide  wrap-around support to ATR participants experiencing housing instability by addressing both their housing and recovery needs. Referred by a community provider, an eligible ATR participant will work with an ATR Housing Coordinator to find a Massachusetts Alliance for Sober Housing (MASH) certified sober home that meets their needs. ATR will pay the sober home rent and will assign a peer recovery coach to work alongside the participant for the duration of their stay in the sober home.

To be eligible for this service, the individual must be an active ATR participant, and referred from an authorized ATR referral portal. The individual must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • Actively enrolled in an ATR job readiness or job training program (receiving work-study benefit checks from ATR). Participant must be willing to find employment upon completion of the training program.
  • Receiving SSI/SSDI income (must submit verification). Participant must be willing to go through Social Security benefits counseling to determine how employment income affects their benefits.

To refer an ATR participant, please complete this referral form and upload any required documentation. The ATR Housing Coordinator will reach out to the individual to schedule an intake appointment.

To learn more about our sober home services please contact ATR Program Director, Brita Loftus, at

“It’s a whole lot harder to decide to get clean and sober while remaining on the streets. Through this program, I got the incentives, resources, and help I needed to develop life skills I needed to get clean and stay sober.”