Blue Cross Blue Shield Awards Grants for Recovery Coaches
NEC member Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is awarding a series of grants worth $1 million that will support the employment of recovery coaches for people overcoming addiction. The grants will provide funding over the next two years to 10 organizations, including fellow Council members UMass Medical Center and Lahey Health Behavioral Services.
Beyond providing support for the next two years, Blue Cross hopes this initiative will aid in the growth and standardization of recovery coaches. To achieve this goal, the grants stipulate that data be collected on the effectiveness of coaches. This information will be used to establish standards for training, experience, supervision, and continuing education.
Andrew Dreyfus, CEO of Blue Cross, said, “This is a new category of care that shows a lot of early promise. But we need standards and we need strong evidence of effectiveness to determine how best to fund these programs in the future.”
The NEC applauds Blue Cross’s efforts to develop new and innovative ways to support those working to overcome addiction on their road to recovery.