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Authorized providers within the recovery community can refer to ATR

How to Refer an Individual into ATR

Referrals to ATR must come from a provider who is working with the individual on their recovery from substance use disorder and plans to work with the individual for the entire 6 months that they are in the ATR program. The ATR Coordinator works with the individual in collaboration with the referring provider throughout the 6-month program. The referral should not be made to ATR until the referring provider has worked with the individual long enough to have a good understanding of the individual’s level of motivation, what his/her needs are, and which ATR services would benefit the individual. 

We are currently only accepting referrals from authorized referring providers. If you have questions as to whether you are authorized to make referrals, please contact Brita Loftus, ATR Program Director, at 978-261-1431 or

Follow these steps to refer an individual to ATR


Please verify that the individual is eligible for services by completing the Referral Form to ATR, which lists eligibility criteria.


If the individual meets the eligibility criteria, fax the completed Referral Form, as well as a recent bio-psych-social assessment, to your local ATR Coordination office. To protect participant confidentiality, emails with identifying information are not permissible. For locations and contact information, please visit our Contact Us page. If you are not a treatment provider or do not have a bio-psych-social assessment to send with the referral, please fill out the second page of the Referral Form to provide additional information.


The ATR Coordination office will contact the participant to discuss the next steps for an intake appointment.

The following considerations should be made when making a referral to ATR

Individual is committed to his/her recovery and changing his/her life. 

Individual wants to take advantage of a variety of recovery support services to transition to a more independent and healthier lifestyle.

Individual has been involved with your program for at least 30-60 days and is very engaged.

Individual is planning on staying engaged with your program for the 6 months that they are in the ATR program.

Individuals  who have never received ATR services should be prioritized.

Examples of ATR menu of services available include: 

  • Purchasing of basic needs items, such as clothing, hygiene products, children’s needs, cell phone, ID replacement (state identification cards, driver’s licenses, driver’s permits, registration fees and birth certificates)
  • Public transportation passes
  • Employment training services and support to pursue educational goals
  • Medical, health and wellness needs (gym memberships, co-pays,  prescriptions, eye-glasses, dental care, nutritional counseling, smoking cessation)
  • Connection to the recovery community such as Recovery Coaching services

What to expect after a referral is made

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  • A referral is faxed to an ATR Coordination Office by a provider from an organization/agency within the recovery community. ATR is currently only accepting referrals from authorized referring agencies.
  • The ATR Coordinator reviews the referral documentation to verify the individual’s eligibility to participate in the ATR Program.
  • The ATR Coordinator schedules an intake appointment with the individual, which typically lasts at least one hour.
  • During the intake appointment, the ATR Coordinator works with the participant to develop an individualized Recovery Plan. This recovery plan helps guide the ATR Coordinator to discuss which of the ATR services will best meet the participant’s recovery goals.
  • The ATR Coordinator will review which ATR service providers the participant can choose from, then will refer the participant to a provider, within our ATR Provider Network, for those desired services.
  • The ATR Coordinator authorizes electronic vouchers to cover the cost of services.
  • The ATR Coordinator stays engaged with each participant, at least on a monthly basis, for the entire 6 months of the program to make sure needs and recovery goals are being met.
  • As challenges may arise, the referring provider may be contacted about the participant to help the ATR Coordinator locate the individual or to determine if any special interventions are necessary.
  • At 6 months, the ATR Coordinator meets with the participant to do a discharge interview, at which time they will discuss how things went and if their goals were met. Outside referrals will be provided as necessary.