Massachusetts Access to Recovery (ATR)

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Access to Recovery (ATR) is a government-funded program in Massachusetts that gives adults in early recovery from substance use disorders (SUDs) wider access to a full range of community services that can help them be successful in their recovery. ATR operates in four cities: Boston, Springfield, Worcester and New Bedford. ATR provides services through vouchers to help participants on the road to recovery. The 6-month program supports recovery with four types of services paid for via vouchers:
1) Individualized Recovery Coaching
2) Basic needs purchases (e.g. transportation passes, clothing, hygiene products, government ID cards/driver’s license, cell phones, gym membership, , children’s products like stroller, car seat, etc.)
3) Career Building Initiative (CBI) to help participants explore careers, become more employable, and to find a job. CBI participants are able to enroll in job readiness programs and occupational training programs focused on CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information)-friendly jobs. Participants can receive Work Study Benefits (WSBs) of $8 per hour for every session hour they attend during a training program.
4) Care Coordination though an ATR Coordinator to tie all the pieces together.

Service hours

Help Line: Mon. - Thur. 9am - 4pm (excluding holidays)

Other Locations

In Greater Springfield, contact:
IHR (Institute for Health & Recovery)
155 Maple Street, Suite 304
Springfield, MA 01105
Fax: (413) 301-6173

ATR Coordinator: Jackie Segarra (617) 845-6403
ATR Coordinator: Paul Alves (413) 237-0049

For the Downtown Boston Office, contact:
IHR (Institute for Health & Recovery)
105 Chauncy Street, Suite #602
Boston, MA 02111
Fax: (617) 661-7277

ATR Coordinator: Patricial Exilus (617) 645-7668
ATR Coordinator: Raymond Joyner (617) 999-9055
Client Services Coordinator: Stella Stewart (617) 849-6994 (New Intakes Only)

For the South Boston Office, contact:
Gavin Foundation
70 Devine Way
South Boston, MA 02127
Fax: (857) 496-0266

ATR Coordinator: Stephen Steele (857) 496-7339
ATR Coordinator: Rebecca Reilly (857) 496-734
ATR Coordinator: Kathy Curley (857) 496-7343

In New Bedford, contact:
Gavin Foundation
13 North 6th Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
Fax: (774) 328-9075

ATR Coordinator: Jenny Baker (508) 742-6640

In Worcester, contact:
Gavin Foundation
101 Pleasant Street, Suite #101
Worcester, MA 01609
Fax: (508) 459-9112

ATR Coordinator: John Abbott (508) 459-9645

Requirements & Restrictions

PARTICIPANTS CANNOT REFER THEMSELVES. ATR participants must already be working with a professional in the recovery community before being referred to ATR. Referrals can come from a case manager (or some other staff person) in the recovery community who plans to work with the ATR participant during the 6-month program. Preference is given to authorized referral portals. The types of organizations usually making referrals include: drug courts; recovery homes/ long-term residential treatment programs; medication-assisted treatment (MAT) providers (Suboxone, Vivitrol, Methadone); outpatient treatment providers; and, behavioral health providers.

While every effort is made to provide current and accurate information for the agency descriptions and hours of operation, it is recommended to call the agency to verify the information before visiting.

Last updated February 21, 2019