The Growing Vermont’s Recovery Oriented Communities (GVROC) Project is a partnership between the Vermont Association for Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (VAMHAR) and The Vermont Recovery Network (VRN) to 1) provide scholarships for recovery coach training and 2) strengthen infrastructure supporting Recovery Support Services (RSS), including recovery coaching positions offered to newly certified coaches. The populations served will be Vermonters in long-term recovery, both those who are working or seeking to work in positions providing recovery support services in Vermont, and those who are seeking recovery support services to maintain their recovery.
Our project goals are to 1. Increase the availability of recovery coach training and increase the number of certified recovery coaches in Vermont. 2. Identify and act on methods to increase collaboration between GVROC and SUD treatment providers and health care providers. 3. Sustainably enhance workforce development options in recovery coaching and other recovery support services. 4. Increase awareness of PRSS including volunteer options, PRSS offered, and their effectiveness. 5. Expand PRSS through the state of Vermont. Our objectives are to train 63 recovery coaches free of charge, place and supervise recovery coaches through the VRN, use feedback results to determine the effectiveness of the recovery coaching program and/or identify areas where adjustments are needed, evaluate the cost-effectiveness of current RSS, and expand delivery of RSS to more settings and to more diverse settings, including further integration into primary health care. We intend to renew this grant for 3 years, training a total of 189 coaches.
Our strategies are to use funds to increase access to VAMHAR’s recovery coach training program per year, thereby removing financial barriers to professional and workforce development. We will also grow our state’s capacity to provide RSS to Vermonters in recovery by using funding to support the creation and expansion of access, roles, hours, and positions for people who work in the recovery field all over the state, and are supervised by the VRN. This will involve, in large part, recovery coaching provided by participants in the GVROC Project who have used the Project’s scholarships to become certified recovery coaches. It will also include other recovery services and administrative support needed for a stable, effective, and responsive recovery community in Vermont.