BSAS Announces a New Recovery Education Collaborative

Published on
December 22, 2022

The Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) announces its first-time award of a Recovery Education Collaborative (REC) for the Commonwealth.

The field of Recovery Support Services is increasing rapidly, and with it, so is the demand for quality education and training. BSAS has been funding and supporting Recovery-focused training for over a decade. To meet the growing demand and help increase capacity in this area, BSAS awarded the first REC to ensure quality instruction and ongoing learning opportunities for the Massachusetts substance use peer support workforce, as well as organizations, and stakeholders that provide recovery support services.

This collaboration brings together 5 diverse organizations: Bay State Community Services, MOAR, Choice Recovery Coaching, Inc., C4 Innovations, Torchlight Recovery, and consultant Dr. Thulani DeMarsay. Together they will support the development, enhancement, expansion, delivery, and promotion of Recovery Support related education for: Recovery Coaches, Recovery Coach Supervisors, behavioral health services providers, Peer Recovery Support Center staff and members and others.

In addition, the REC will center its efforts within a ROSC (Recovery Oriented System of Care) framework and will strive for meaningful engagement of historically marginalized communities including Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC), people for whom English is a second language, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the LGBTQIA+ community, people who have experienced homelessness, and people with histories of incarceration.

The REC will support providers and individual peer workers to include recovery planning throughout the entire continuum of Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery Support to foster self-determination, long-term recovery, and overall health and wellness.

For more information on Recovery Education Collaborative, contact Julia.ojeda@mass.gov