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September 2022Vol. 23, No. 7Recovery Coach Program Provides Substance Use Treatment for Parents

Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities' Recovery Coach Program (RCP) was designed to improve outcomes of parents in substance use treatment. The program connects parents with substance use issues to a recovery coach, who provides individual case management services and outreach to help parents work toward recovery and reunification, when appropriate. The program is designed for parents of children ages 0–18 who are in the custody of the state.


The following are the essential components of RCP:

  • Evaluating the family’s strengths and needs
  • Addressing identified substance use problems in coordination with the child welfare case plan
  • Providing ongoing case management

The program requires a minimum of four contacts per month for approximately 2.5 years: two face-to-face contacts lasting around 1.5 hours each and two phone contacts lasting about 30 minutes each. Random drug testing twice per month and case management services are also provided.  

More information about the program is available on the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare website.