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History of Louisiana Access to RecoveryThe Access to Recovery (ATR) program was created as a Presidential initiative to provide client choice among substance use clinical treatment and recovery support providers, expand access to a comprehensive array of clinical treatment and recovery support options (including faith and community-based organizations), and  increase substance use treatment capacity.

ATR aims to include more faith and community based caregivers and to enhance and expand overall services.  Key features of ATR are that substance use treatment individuals have a free choice of providers and recovery support services are included in the continuum of care.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) awarded Louisiana its first Access to Recovery grant (ATR-I) in 2004.  Based on the success of this three-year grant project, the State of Louisiana decided to maintain the ATR-I program and continues to fund the program today.

In 2007, Louisiana was one of 19 states and 5 tribal organizations out of 40 applicants that was awarded a second Access to Recovery (ATR-II) grant.  This grant will pay $13.4 million over a three year period.  ATR-II will continue to provide client choice among substance use clinical treatment and recovery support  services by allowing clients to choose from a comprehensive array of providers that includes both community and faith-based programmatic options.

Access to Recovery Staff in LouisianA Directory listing

Freedom of Choice and Electronic Voucher Program

All Access to Recovery providers are expected to use their ATR provider privileges and ATR funds to facilitate “Freedom of Choice” and promote individualized pathways to recovery through the provision of evidence-based substance use treatment and recovery support services.  All ATR provider activities and services offered to individuals are entered into an innovative and cost-effective web-based voucher and electronic case record system.  In this web-based system, the client is given a voucher that may be “redeemed” by eligible providers as payment for treatment and recovery support services.  There are no contracts or RFP’s issued to providers under this program.

Visit the ATR-II program page to see available services.

See Access to REcovery Service Providers.

Click here to access Frequently Asked Questions about the ATR program.

Click here to begin the ATR facility enrollment process.