Access to Recovery Grant

What is Access to Recovery?

Access to Recovery (ATR) is a three-year competitive grant program awarded to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Applications are now being accepted! The Access to Recovery (ATR) grant enhances substance abuse recovery for individual Ohioans by funding a broad array of client-centered, community-based services and supports. This initiative provides vouchers to a projected 4,362 adults statewide for the purchase of recovery support services from a cohort of ATR-approved providers. About 200 qualifying Stark applicants will be accepted into the program.

Recovery Support Services available to ATR participants include Peer Support/Recovery Coaching, Life Skills, Spiritual and Faith-Based Support, Employment Services, Job Training, Recovery Housing and GAP Benefits.

Eligibility Criteria for ATR participants

Criminal Justice Involved Adults

  • Resident of Stark County (or being released to)
  • Age 18 or older
  • A positive screening for a substance use disorder or substance use disorder in remission as evidenced by a bio-social assessment with a diagnosis completed within the past 12 months from the enrollment date
  • Income must be 200% or below the federal poverty guidelines
  • Criminal justice-involved, living in the community (or being released to the community), may or may not be under supervision, Criminal justice activity within five years of discharge for a misdemeanor or felony

Active Military/National Guard

  • Resident of Stark County
  • Age 18 or older
  • Substance use disorder or substance use disorder in remission
  • Demonstrated need for ATR covered services
  • Not required to have criminal justice involvement

Stark County is still in need of Community Providers who can provide the following types of Recovery Supports: Spiritual Support, Peer/Recovery Coaching, Employment/Job Skills and Recovery Housing.


Applications for ATR IV are currently closed. For further information regarding ATR IV, please contact Frank Aquino, Program Coordinator at 330-430-3951 or at Frank.Aquino@StarkMHAR.org.

StarkMHAR Care Network provider Stark County TASC is the benefit coordinator for ATR. To contact, email or call: