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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration announces $3.5 million for eight new Recovery Support Centers

For immediate release:
5/08/2019
  • Department of Public Health

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration announces $3.5 million for eight new Recovery Support Centers

Ann Scales, Director of Media Relations

BOSTONAs part of its continued efforts to address the opioid crisis, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced the selection of eight new Recovery Support Centers (RSCs) during a visit to Lowell House, Inc.,  one of the organizations receiving the new funding.  RSCs offer a place that provides education and non-judgmental support for individuals in recovery, help prevent relapse, and promote sustained recovery.

“Recovery is often achieved and best maintained when people are met where they are in their individual journey,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. “Recovery Support Centers are an important piece of a continuum to promote long-term recovery while complementing substance use and alcohol treatment and mutual-support groups.”

The eight new centers are backed by $3.5 million in new state funding and are in addition to 10 sites currently funded by the Department of Public Health (DPH), bringing the total number of RSCs to 18 statewide. The new peer-to-peer support centers were selected based on their geographic accessibility and ability to serve diverse communities. Typical RSC programming includes education and training on financial management, parenting, stress management, child support education, CORI assistance, and employment preparation.

``Recovery support services are integral to our statewide opioid response strategy,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “The addition of these eight DPH-funded centers is a step forward in establishing a broad network of culturally welcoming places for people seeking support for recovery from alcohol and substance use.”

The eight new DPH-funded Recovery Support Centers that will each receive $400,000 in funding are:

  • Lowell Recovery Support Center
  • St. Francis House Recovery Support Center in Boston
  • Springfield Recovery Support Center
  • Martha’s Vineyard Recovery Support Center
  • Family Continuity Recovery Support Center in Northbridge
  • Recovery Support Center Walpole
  • The Berkshire County Living in Recovery Center in Pittsfield
  • Peer 2 Peer Recovery Project in Fall River

These centers join the existing network of DPH-funded RSCs, which are Devine Recovery Center in South Boston; Everyday Miracles Recovery Support Center in Worcester; Hope for Holyoke Recovery Support Center; PIER Recovery Support Center in Hyannis; New Beginnings Recovery Support Center in Lawrence; A New Way Recovery Support Center in Quincy; The Recovery Connection in Marlborough; RECOVER Project in Greenfield; Stairway to Recovery in Brockton; and STEPRox Recovery Support Center in Roxbury.

The Baker-Polito Administration continues to improve access to substance use treatment and recently issued two MassHealth provider bulletins that remove prior authorization requirements for medication assisted treatment; requires Managed Care Entities to cover and pay for methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone dispensed or administered at outpatient opioid treatment programs; and creates standardized billing procedures for medication assisted treatment as required by Chapter 208 of the Acts of 2018. The bulletins will also connect patients who receive medication assisted treatment in emergency departments to ongoing treatment in the community.

Since FY15, the Baker-Polito Administration has increased funding for intervention, treatment and recovery supports to address the opioid epidemic by $147 million, an increase of 123 percent.

Learn more about the statewide response to the opioid crisis. To get help for a substance use disorder, visit www.helplinema.org or call the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline at (800) 327-5050.

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration announces $3.5 million for eight new Recovery Support Centers

Department of Public Health 

DPH promotes the health and well-being of all residents by ensuring access to high-quality public health and healthcare services, and by focusing on prevention, wellness, and health equity in all people.
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