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Recovery or criminal justice organizations can refer an individual 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 4-6 months that they are in the ATR program. The ATR Coordinator works with the individual in collaboration with the referring provider. 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 needs and possible recovery support services they would benefit from receiving through ATR. 

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 has not previously been through the ATR Program. 

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

Individual wants to make some major changes and get life back on track.

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 at least the next 4 months, preferably longer.

Individual is at risk of developing an opioid use disorder, has an opioid use disorder, or has a history of overdose.

Individual wants to avail him/herself of a variety of recovery support services to transition to a more independent and healthier lifestyle.

Examples of ATR services available include: 

  • Purchasing of basic needs items, state identification cards, driver’s licenses, driver’s permits, and registration fees
  • Public transportation
  • 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 community such as Recovery Coaching services

What to expect after a referral is made

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  • 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.
  • 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 .
  • As challenges may arise, the referring professional may be consulted to conference about the participant and determine if any special interventions are necessary.
  • At 6 months, the ATR Coordinator meets with the participant to discuss how things have gone – if goals have been met and if outside referrals are necessary.