Road to Recovery

Our Recovery Coaches are trained through the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) program and Wisconsin Certified Peer Support Specialists. They are individuals or affected family members in long-term recovery from substance misuse and/or mental health experiences, who want to share their strength with others in hope that they too may have success in their recovery and healing.

We meet individuals where they are at: emotionally and physically. We understand there are many paths a person can choose for their recovery. We believe an individual is in recovery when they say they are. Our hope is to walk alongside them as they create a support system, work toward their goals, and develop a path of recovery that works best for them.

Recovery Coaches do not take the place of a therapist, counselor, mentor, or sponsor. They simply are the person to help individuals on their journey, who have experience with recovery and want to be an advocate, peer, and confidante.

Our aspiration is by sharing our strength and courage with other people who are struggling, we are able to emphatically support those seeking recovery in making changes in their lives. Our recovery coaches come from a place of understanding, rather than judgment, and aide in overcoming barriers to recovery.

Support Services Offered

  • Recovery Support Services
  • Peer to Peer Support
  • Link Domestic Violence Education & Resources
  • Planning Educational Needs & Goals
  • Gaining Access to Benefits
  • Self-Care Education such as Nutrition, Proper Exercise & Personal Care
  • Strengthening & Mending Relationships with Family, Significant Others, & Friends
  • Exploring Transportation Options
  • Education & Support for Pregnancies & Parenting

Our Programs

Emergency Department to Recovery

The ED2Recovery project began as a pilot program in 2016 through a partnership with SSM/Dean St. Mary’s hospital. When a person presents in the emergency room as experiencing an overdose, a recovery coach is called and responds to the hospital.  The individual is then offered the opportunity to connect with the recovery coach prior to discharging the emergency room. All of our recovery coaches have the shared experience of waking up in the emergency room after an overdose. If the individual accepts a coach, the coach will typically sit with the person, provide support and recovery resources. After the person is discharged from the hospital, the recovery coach has daily contact with them until a confirmed treatment intake date is established. After the individual is connected with treatment, the coach remains in contact with the person for a few months until the person has a solid foundation of recovery. During the pilot phase of the project, Safe Communities was able to obtain a 90% success rate in connecting individuals to treatment and their beginning to a life in recovery.

Safe Communities has now partnered with Wisconsin Voices for Recovery to continue offering coaching services. Through this partnership Safe Communities is now able to work with any individual who comes to the Emergency Department and identifies they have opioid use disorder. Since the pilot program, Safe Communities recovery coaching has expanded to 3 more emergency departments within Dane County.

Pregnancy to Recovery

Launched in August 2017, Pregnancy2Recovery connects women who are pregnant and have opioid use disorder with a recovery coach. The expecting mothers may be utilizing medication-assisted treatment (MAT), taking illicit opioids or are being prescribed opioids to qualify for this program. Our recovery coaches work with expectant mothers on the coordination of care-connecting them with MAT, if needed, getting them into treatment, supporting them in access to resources and advocating for care and respect. Our coaches for this program have the shared experience of having had a child while in the grips of addiction. They know the struggles of the stigma, shame, guilt, and embarrassment. They have healed and are in long-term recovery, wanting to help other women find hope and path to recovery. Our program currently allows the coaches to work with women until three months post-partum. It is our goal, by three months post-partum, the mothers have established a foundation for recovery and support within our community.

Jail to Recovery

Beginning May 2018, Safe Communities has partnered with Journey Mental Health to connect people coming out of incarceration with recovery coaches prior to their release. Currently, this is a county-funded pilot program. The program is designed for individuals who are incarcerated and have indicated they would like to be a part of the Journey Mental Health Vivitrol program. The coaches work closely with the individual prior to release and offer support as they connect with services at Journey Mental Health.  Our coaches will also work with the incarcerated person to find housing, employment, and recovery support if needed, with the goal of reduced recidivism.

Our Additional Programs

All Communities to Recovery

Diversion to Recovery

Treatment Readiness to Recovery

Zero Suicide to Recovery 

Recovery Contacts

Recovery Coach Helpline
888-811-3689 EXT 1

Journey Mental Health Crisis Line

(608) 280-2600

National Suicide Prevention Line
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
For Veterans Press 1, En Español Oprima El 2

Safe Communities is not a counseling or crisis center and does not provide direct services. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).




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