People entering recovery need ongoing care and social supports. But too often, there aren’t enough trustworthy resources and high-quality programs available to the people who need them. States must address this head-on in order to foster recovery-friendly communities and help everyday Americans achieve a happy, healthy life after addiction.
Here are six concrete ways that states can support and encourage recovery:
1. Develop certification requirements to establish guidelines for individuals who provide peer supports, and ensure coverage and adequate reimbursement of peer support services. As recently as 2015, only 14 states cover some form of peer support services under Medicaid.
2. Certify recovery housing and support services to reduce fraudulent and exploitative actors and ensure a successful transition from treatment to long-term recovery.
3. Create permanent supportive housing to provide stability for individuals in recovery who are homeless or have inadequate housing.
4. Participate in federal programs, including those piloted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), to provide transitional housing to individuals in recovery.
5. Support recovery high schools and colleges, which promote abstinence and help support students in their recovery. According to the Association of Recovery Schools, as of August 2017, there are 40 recovery schools in 15 states in the United States.
6. Provide recovery support services for parents involved with the child welfare system.