Access to Recovery (ATR) – North Carolina

What is Access to Recovery (ATR)?

The Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services was awarded an Access to Recovery grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to implement a voucher program for recovery support services for adults with substance use disorders. Over a three year period through September 2017, the $7.8 million grant will help more than 4,000 people gain access to recovery-oriented services and supports from eligible providers. It will provide the infrastructure to implement a new initiative that will add recovery support services to the existing treatment provider community as well as support the development of a more robust recovery-oriented system of care. 

The ultimate goal of this initiative is to strengthen the ability of individuals with substance use disorders to sustain their recovery.  The project will specifically focus on recovery services and supports that increase the ability of individuals to lead healthy and productive lives, build up resilience and enhance the system’s capacity. A wide array of recovery-oriented services are available. These are services often integral to an individual’s recovery, but typically not covered by Medicaid or private insurances.

The Division is contracting with Recovery Communities of North Carolina (RCNC) for primary implementation of the grant.  As an active and growing recovery community organization, RCNC is in an optimal role to work with other non-traditional providers of services and community organizations to advance this initiative.  To learn more, visit the Recovery Communities of North Carolina’s website at

Who’s Eligible?

Residents of North Carolina, residing in the counties of Cumberland, Durham and Wake, who also meet the following criteria are eligible to participate in the Access to Recovery (ATR) initiative:

  • At least 18 years old;

  • Have a substance use disorder or in recovery from a substance use disorder;

  • Are currently serving, served or are retired from the US Military (regardless of the characterization of your discharge)

  • Enrolled and attending a school of higher learning (College, University or Technical School)

  • Meet income eligibility guidelines;

  • Willing to receive ATR services through a voucher system

  • Willing to be interviewed for an initial evaluation and remain engaged as an ATR participant (grant ends on September 30, 2018)

  • Willing to sign forms for informed consent to participate in the project, which includes: data collection and exchange of information with providers/vendors you agree to work with

 What services are available?

ATR focuses on recovery support services that are not typically covered by other forms of insurance or third party payors, but are often integral to the individual’s recovery.   

Some NC ATR services include:

Care Coordination  Life Skills Coaching
Child Care Parent/Child Education
Recovery Supportive Housing Recovery Calls
Recovery Peer Coaching Sober Living Activities
Spiritual Counseling Supplemental Needs
Fitness Supports  Transportation
Talking & Drumming Circles Job Skills Training/ Employment Assistance
Native American Healing  

Contact Information

For more information contact:
Recovery Communities of North Carolina


ATR Project Director
Martin D. Woodard