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Access to Recovery Program

What is the Access to Recovery Program?

The RI Access to Recovery (ATR) is a four-year program funded through a federal grant awarded to the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). The program ends on September 29, 2014.

The purpose of ATR is to help participants develop personal substance abuse recovery plans and connect them with the treatment and recovery support services that best fit their needs and goals. Participants choose where they wish to receive services, and the ATR program uses a voucher system to pay for many of these services for a limited time.


Who is eligible for ATR?
ATR is available to adults with a need and desire for substance abuse treatment and recovery support services. Participants must be US citizens or in the country legally, residents of RI for at least 6 months and have an income 200% below the federal poverty level.

Priority for admission is given to the following populations:

  • Persons involved in the criminal justice system
  • Persons in the National Guard and other Armed forces and/or their adult family members
  • Persons completing residential treatment for substance abuse
  • Persons involved with or at risk for involvement with DCYF
  • All women, with priority to those who are pregnant


How Do I Apply?
Participants must be referred to ATR through designated referral systems which include probation and parole officers, the Anchor Recovery Center, Open Doors Re-entry program, the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF), and residential or opioid treatment programs. Upon referral, the individual is required to complete an eligibility screening. If an individual meets the eligibility requirements, an appointment for an ATR assessment will be scheduled. The ATR assessor will conduct a thorough interview and review service options with the participant. A service voucher will be created and the participant will be assigned to a care coordinator. Care coordinators are available to discuss changes in needs or services with a participant throughout his/her involvement with the program.


What services are available through ATR?
Services include methadone treatment and recovery support services including, spiritual and faith based support, recovery housing, employment and job training, life skills classes, recovery coaching, child care and transportation.



Where are services provided?
The ATR Provider Network includes several community based and faith-based organizations. Participants may choose to receive their services from any of the providers in the network. To see a list of all providers currently in the ATR network click here.



For more information call 462-1747.

ATR client brochure - English (2 pages)

Provider Directory (15 pages)

ATR 3 Federal Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Report (8 pages)