CNBNewsnet | March 3, 2019
In response to the devastation of the substance use epidemic in our area, Recovery Force of Atlantic County will train the first 30 Recovery Coaches. As part of a massive buildup of recovery support in South Jersey, they will begin on March 4-8, 2019 at the Ocean Heights Presbyterian Church in Egg Harbor Township. The group plans to develop an army of 200 trained Recovery Coaches in 2019, growing to 1,500 by the end of 2020.
Trained coaches will become volunteer employees of Recovery Force and strategically deployed throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties. Operation Rise Up Atlantic City and Recover will utilize coaches for aggressive street outreach and as part of creating a recovery culture in Atlantic City. Recovery coaching has proven to save lives and end suffering and anyone affected by addiction is a candidate to help solve this problem with as much time as they have to offer. Over 30,000 coaches in over 35 states have received training through the Connecticut Center for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) model over the past decade. Until now, the City of Angels in Williamstown was the closest CCAR academy for Atlantic and Cape May County residents. Recovery coaching also provides career opportunities and paid positions that have historically grown from a volunteer base.
Medicaid will begin covering Peer Recovery Support Services in New Jersey on July 1, 2019. Training hours received at a CCAR Recovery Coach Academy are approved for those pursuing the NJ Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) credential.
Recovery Force of Atlantic County, Inc. (www.recoveryforce.org) is a 501c3 non-profit recovery community organization (RCO) whose mission is to end suffering from a substance use disorder for people and their families as a result of providing community education, advocacy and peer recovery support. It is the State pioneer of the New Recovery Advocacy Movement for New Jersey, evolving from a decade of direct involvement with a national pioneer site (Philadelphia). Recovery Force is a true grass-roots organization that has no paid employees and has operated on local donations since its incorporation. It had offices in Pleasantville and Brigantine prior to currently relocating to Atlantic City at a location to be announced as part of Operation Rise Up Atlantic City and Recover. It has also become the first New Jersey member of the Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO), which links a national strategy to local efforts. It is independent of any and all agencies in the treatment system, so as to maintain its singular focus on the needs of people and their families. The entire organization is composed of people in recovery, their families and friends. Recovery Force is directly affiliated with national organizations that can help the people of South Jersey.
The Executive Director of Recovery Force is also the New Jersey Chairperson for the National Addiction Policy Forum (www.addictionpolicy.org) which is the leading family recovery advocate in the nation. He is also a paid consultant for addiction recovery through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (www.samhsa.gov). The organization will be renamed Recovery Force of South Jersey to reflect its new constituency. It celebrates all pathways to recovery equally. The organization was founded by Denny Catalano’s brother. Denny was lost to the epidemic in 2013 and Recovery Force now serves in memory of the many who have died. Recovery Force uses their inspiration so that others may continue to live.
A CCAR Recovery Coach Academy © is a 30-hour innovative approach to healing people’s lives that is unlike any other training. It offers participants the opportunity to gain new knowledge, be challenged and to reap valuable rewards, providing essential learning tools and resources to become an effective Recovery Coach. A personal Recovery Coach is one of the evidence-based responses to the epidemic that is actually working and evolved as part of the New Recovery Advocacy Movement that started in 1998.
Registrants for the March 4-8 training are individuals in recovery from different pathways (spiritual, secular, medication-assisted), family members impacted by the epidemic, including those who have lost a loved one to the epidemic, participants of Recovery Court and Stockton University’s collegiate housing program and staff at the Leadership Studio. The cost of the training is $850, but is offset by scholarships provided by the local recovery and business communities so that no one will pay more $400. The casino and business industry is being brought into the fold of sponsoring scholarships and the Tropicana has already provided five scholarships for the March training, in addition to six scholarships from a Board Member and another six from a long-time supporter of the South Jersey recovery community.