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Access to Recovery Voucher Programs (ATR) by State

Access to Recovery Voucher Programs (ATR) by State

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centers with Access to Recovery Voucher Programs in the United States

Access to Recovery is a grant that was created to help alleviate the financial burden with substance abuse treatment for patients coming from a low-income. Access to Recovery provides vouchers that can be administered by substance abuse agencies to those patients who qualify. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations states the mission of Access to Recovery is for patients to have genuine, free, and independent choices among eligible clinical treatment and recovery support providers, among them at least one provider to which the client has no religious objection.

There are three primary goals that Access to Recovery does have, and this is expanding consumer choices, tracking and improving outcomes, and increasing capacity. One of the biggest focusses of the Access to Recovery program is an individual choice, and when someone is given the grant, it requires that the individuals are provided a genuine, free and independent choice among clinical treatment, and recovery support providers. The grantees must adopt vouchers as a payment mechanism under the Access to Recovery program. The vouchers are essentially intended to support client choice, by making available many different types of services for clients to choose from.

The Access to Recovery program is there to increase capacity, by not only increasing the number of individuals, whom can be served, but also expanding the array of services available. The Access to Recovery program is regulated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The funds that are granted are shared with the different treatment centers and are also administered to patients. In 2017, $379 million is given to the Access to Recovery program over the next four years, which will be allocated to thirty treatment facilities. Any time a patient is applying for an Access to Recovery voucher, the amount that is qualified will be based on the type of care needed, which is established by the assessor at the facility. The main focus of the Access to Recovery program is for the client to choose a treatment center who will suit his or her needs, and treatment such as counseling, group counseling, co-occurring disorder treatment, detox, and medication assisted therapies are all covered by Access to Recovery grants. Along with this, Access to Recovery does cover a wide range of recovery features such as housing transportation, food, clothing, and basic needs, parenting and life skills training, child care, legal services, and recovery coaching.

The many different recovery support services are a critical part of the Access to Recovery program, and non-clinical services that can assist with removing barriers and providing resources for that maintaining recovery are essential. The first step is of course access to drug treatment, and patients who qualify for Access to Recovery programs can choose from a number of participating services. ATR programs will either be secular or faith-based treatment options, and those programs that are applying for Access to Recovery grants are urged to exhibit a unique and specific means of helping patients. It is essential for patients in this program to be able to access the correct programs, and the vouchers through the Access to Recovery program increase the success rate, by allowing those who could afford treatment, access the help they need. Roughly over $95 million dollars have been set aside to get the help needed for qualified grant applicants, and this amount is split up by 30 different programs, and these facilities receiving these grants will see at least a 25% increase in the number of patients they have successfully helped. The Access to Recovery program is there to help expand the access people who are struggling with addiction have. The program does also have the ability to service specific groups of people who may be more likely to receive funds.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration do help assist United States veterans and their families, and with many veterans, returning from active service duty, mental health and substance abuse treatment needs must be met. There will be drug and alcohol treatment services, through the Access to Recovery program that will be geared specifically for veterans and their families. Because of expanding access to care with veterans in mind, these treatment vouchers will drastically lower the instances of veterans not getting the help they need. This program has also worked to help address the opioid crisis currently within the United States, and again expanding treatment options for those who may be struggling with an opioid addiction. The Access to Recovery voucher is different from other states or federally funded programs, and those who are interested in applying for an Access to Recovery voucher can receive an assessment and become enrolled in the program. Once enrolled in the program, they will be made aware of the list of facilities that participate in the Access to Recovery program. The individual who is enrolled in the program can then choose a provider they feel will meet all of their treatment needs. Access to Recovery Service Coordinators can, in fact; help patients make the best choices, and assist them with assessing the available resources.

In order to be eligible for an Access to Recovery program voucher, the patient must be at least 18 years old, have a history of substance abuse, have an annual income that is below %200 of the federal poverty line, and reside in the counties or jurisdictions that provide Access to Recovery to the residents. When a patient has met all the above criteria, they will be given an Access to Recovery voucher, which will be good for 90 days for treatment at whichever facility they may have chosen. The drug treatment services that may be covered by an Access to Recovery voucher do include outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient rehab, counseling and therapy, various types of recovery and life coaching, skill building, vocational assistance, transportation assistance, and many other recovery support services. Access to Recovery services is an excellent program to help those who are not able to afford the level of treatment they require for a drug or alcohol addiction.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.