Intensive Recovery Support (IRS) – (b)(3)

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Intensive Recovery Supports (IRS) is a community program designed to facilitate recovery from substance use disorders for a woman with minor children as she transitions from more intensive substance use services. This service is intended to strengthen a recipient's recovery and independence to build positive relationships and support networks. These services focus on training and supports to include citizenship skills, communication, crisis management, relapse prevention, socially appropriate behaviors, self-advocacy, informed choice, community integration, and relationship building. The service is also designed to assist with integration of all service providers including the medical home related to long term outcomes and stabilization.

Intended Population

  • Adult female consumers (ages 18 and older) who have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder and have a minor child

  • Recipient has been discharged from an intensive substance use program including detox, inpatient, residential or intensive outpatient within the last 30 days

  • Has a functional impairment related to substance use that interferes or limits one or more major life activities such as:

    • Employment or education

    • Management of financial affairs

    • Ability to procure needed public support services

    • Maintenance of abstinence and relapse prevention skills

    • Adequate coping skills such as stress management and crisis management

Recommended Best Practices

Expected Outcomes

  • Core Expected Outcomes

  • Development of a healthy living environment that supports recovery

  • Successful linkage to primary health care as appropriate to medications and age

  • Reduction in relapse compared to past year

  • Increased housing stability and independence

  • Specific gains made in a timely manner according to goals in the treatment plan

Management Approach​

Conduct focused Utilization Review (UR) based upon over/under-utilization, negative outcomes (e.g., lack of progress due to lack of using evidence based practices decline in functioning in spite of high use of services), concerning incidents and/or grievances, and other data suggesting a clinician's practices are an outlier compared to the community standard of care