Office of National Drug Control Policy

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Expand the Access to Recovery Program
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Access to Recovery (ATR) is an innovative program that provides drug-addicted individuals vouchers with which they can purchase clinical treatment and recovery support services, including transitional housing, child care, transportation to work or to recovery mutual help group meetings, peer counseling, and aids to employment restoration (e.g., the purchase of a pair of work boots).

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Many of the services provided under this program are offered by associations of recovering people or by faith-based organizations. Receipt of ATR services has been shown by research to increase the likelihood of recovery. As a voucher program, ATR has a further potential benefit, in that giving the consumer a choice of services can drive quality of care, because it forces providers to compete for business. The Administration is therefore expanding the ATR program, allowing more individuals to access the package of services that supports their recovery and to improve the quality of care systemwide.

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