Recovery Coaches in Opioid Use Disorder Care: Report and Estimator Tools

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Publication image
Katharine London, MS
Commonwealth Medicine
Marybeth McCaffrey, JD
Commonwealth Medicine
Lisa McDowell, MHSA
Commonwealth Medicine
Jeremy Tourish, MPH
Commonwealth Medicine

An extensive report on the impacts recovery coach services can have on Opioid Use Disorder care in Massachusetts accompanied by two tools to assist in understanding how to develop such services. The report defines what a recovery coach is, delves into the role experts believe they could play in the recovery process and ultimately how they could change overall health outcomes. 

Along with the report, the team built a recovery coach Impact Estimator Tool which allows users to calculate the caseload, budgetary, financial, and clinical impact policy makers need before making the decision to invest in new forms of intervention. Implementing a new form of health care intervention requires research and planning.

Finally, they created a Compendium of Recovery Coach Certification Requirements by State, which provides recovery coach certification information for 48 states and the District of Columbia.