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Access to Recovery (ATR)

Funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Texas has initiated a project to support treatment and recovery support for eligible drug court offenders, probationers, and Child Protective Service (CPS) clients. Supporting treatment and recovery for this population is intended to have an impact on reducing the overall prevalence of substance use problems in Texas by addressing interacting cycles of addiction and crime, and is expected to reduce other economic costs associated with public health and safety issues. The ATR initiative increases access to substance abuse services through independent assessment, participant choice of service providers, service linkages with faith based and community based organizations, and an electronic voucher method of payment. Services available through the system include assessment, clinical treatment, and recovery support.

The Gulf Coast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (GCATTC) collaborated with DSHS in designing and implementing the ATR project in community consortia throughout the state of Texas. As of 2006, the Texas project sites expanded to provide substance abuse treatment and recovery support services for drug court participants, probationers, and CPS clients located in Bexar, Brooks, Burnet, Collin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Bend, Grayson, Harris, Jim Wells, Lubbock, Tarrant, and Travis counties. The GCATTC provides support for provider trainings and ongoing consultation to the project on the transfer and use of best practices. In addition, the GCATTC recently implemented a program to evaluate client satisfaction.

The ATR project director at the Texas Department of State Health Services is Karen Eells. The lead evaluator at ARI is Dr. Laurel Mangrum.


Training Opportunities:
Required ATR Training for Providers

Training for court staff, treatment and recovery support providers is required. Organizations who want to learn more about ATR should participate in a program training conference call. Conference calls are held the first and third Wednesday of each month. To verify details, email Jennifer LaBarbera at


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