- Successfully expanding community outreach efforts requires finding the right individual(s) to serve in this capacity. A “recovery coach” may be a good fit for this function, as these individuals commonly possess the following attributes:
- Typically is in recovery (i.e. a peer)
- Have acquired knowledge about how to successfully sustain recovery
- Non-clinical role – this person is not diagnosing or treating addiction or mental health issues
- Able to remain engaged with patients throughout the recovery process
- The recovery coach can be valuable in a case management role and in assisting patients with sustaining their recovery.
Below are some examples of specific roles a recovery coach can fulfill as a MAT Program resource.
- Spends time at shelters & soup kitchens engaging with individuals, eating meals with them, etc.
- Establishes rapport as a peer over time
- Facilitates scheduling willing patients for an assessment at the health center
- Stays engaged with individuals on a waiting list for the MAT Program
- Communicates regularly with the MAT Program team Helps develop the recovery plan
PATIENT LIAISON/ MENTOR
- Helps to initiate and sustain an individual/family in recovery from substance use
- Helps client find transportation, housing, clothes, employment, child care, etc.
- Promotes recovery by removing barriers
- Serves as a personal mentor for people seeking recovery assistance
- Works with individuals beyond the recovery phase through stabilization and into maintenance