About Together in Recovery

RIZE launched Together in Recovery (TiR) to foster an accessible, integrated treatment and recovery network in Massachusetts that champions evidence-based approaches, supports multiple pathways to recovery, and puts people in charge of their treatment choices. This initiative is exploring diverse viewpoints and experiences, and sharing research and data to enrich awareness of the full range of treatment and recovery options.

Towards a Unified Vision

In April 2019, RIZE launched the Together in Recovery: Supporting Informed Decisions (TiR) initiative. TiR aims to foster an accessible, integrated treatment and recovery network in Massachusetts that champions evidence-based approaches, supports multiple pathways to recovery, and puts people in charge of their treatment choices. In collaboration with C4 Innovations (C4), this initiative provided an opportunity for the exchange of diverse viewpoints and experiences to deepen awareness of the full range of treatment and recovery options for opioid use disorder (OUD) and builds momentum toward a shared vision to make these options available to all. TiR was guided by a Change Team of 44 diverse influencers spanning peer, clinical, policy, family, and community roles. The Change Team met eight times between June 2019 and February 2020 to build a vision for driving future collective action across the recovery and treatment network in Massachusetts. 

Over 12 months, TiR convened stakeholders to begin to develop trust, facilitate learning and information exchange, define common ground and shared values, build collective commitments, and identify shared priorities and items for action. Through these activities, TiR formed a strong foundation that represented diverse roles, functions, perspectives, and communities across the Commonwealth. Through a carefully crafted and facilitated dialogue process, TiR engaged key stakeholders in one-on-one conversations, regional meetings, and a statewide event to deepen understanding of evidence-based approaches and person-centered strategies. The recommended priorities in the blueprint for action are a result of this process. They promote an overall framework for achieving an accessible, integrated treatment and recovery network, provide varied perspectives of treatment and recovery, and offer specific steps for implementation. 

To learn more about Together in Recovery, please contact Julie Burns, President & CEO at RIZE Massachusetts Foundation (julie.burns@rizema.org) or Livia Davis, Chief Learning Officer at C4 Innovations (ldavis@c4innovates.com).

TiR Change Team Members and Advisory Committee

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VIDEO RESOURCES

Learn from change team members and experts in the TiR collection of video resources.

PRIORITIES FOR ACTION

The TiR team synthesized and categorized information gleaned from the TiR meetings into seven recommended areas for action. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

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