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Peer-to-Peer Recovery Coaches Connect in ER

February 25, 2019

Copley Hospital & North Central Vermont Recovery Center Collaboration Connects People with Active Addiction with Recovery Coaches While in Emergency Room

group photo of 6 NCVRC Recovery Coaches and the Director of Emergency Services for Copley Hospital.
NCVRC Recovery Coaches Liam Reynolds, Megan Dorsey, Michael Privee, Geoff Butler, Vicki Schwab and Daniel Franklin with Copley Hospital Director of Emergency Services Michael Brigati (2nd from left).

Morrisville, VT – A new collaboration between North Central Vermont Recovery Center (NCVRC) and Copley Hospital is designed to better support people with active addiction to succeed in recovery. Recovery coaches from NCVRC are working with Copley’s clinical staff to connect directly with people while being seen at the hospital. The Recovery Coaches are available to meet with people who have expressed interest in seeking treatment for addiction while they are receiving medical treatment at Copley. Recovering coaching is confidential and available to anyone who is considering or already in recovery. It is also available to family members or loved ones affected by someone else’s substance abuse.

“Copley takes a holistic approach, medically treating the person’s immediate health need, while also working to connect them with a variety of community resources to meet other needs and support them as they navigate through the human services system,” says Michael Brigati, RN and Director of Emergency Services at Copley Hospital. “With this collaboration, our clinicians and social workers can connect a person to an NCVRC Recovery Coach for immediate support and encouragement as they pursue recovery.”

“We know that stopping the use of substances is just the first step of recovery,” says Daniel Franklin, Assistant Director of North Central Vermont Recovery Center. “Recovery is about a whole person and their whole life. Recovery is often not a straight path; it can be a winding and difficult journey. And while that journey is different for everyone, there are commonalities to be found,” says Franklin. “That’s why peer-to-peer coaching services are so important. Our coaches are living proof that recovery is possible and that the people they are working with are not alone. The coaches can help each person create their own path to recovery and in recovery, while also helping to identify and remove barriers. This support and this connection can make a tremendous difference.”

NCVRC has a team of four Recovery Coaches available to meet 1:1 with people in Copley’s ER, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Geoff Butler supervises NCVRC’s ER Recovery Coaches, leading the team that includes Mike Privee, Vicki Schwab, and Liam Reynolds, with support from Franklin and Megan Dorsey, NCVRC’s Pathways Guide. The coaches have completed a week-long training, work with regular supervision and participate in ongoing personal and professional development. The coaches are peers in recovery.

The Recovery Coaching Program at Copley Hospital helps address substance abuse in Lamoille County, an issue identified as an important need in the hospital’s 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment. The program at Copley Hospital is an extension of NCVRC’s highly successful in-house Recovery Coaching Program and is possible thanks to a grant to NCVRC from the Vermont Department of Health’s Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Programs and the Vermont Recovery Network. NCVRC’s in-house program is funded in part by the United Way of Lamoille County, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, and Peter & Bari Dreissigacker.

The North Central Vermont Recovery Center is one of Vermont’s twelve recovery centers. It is a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing an upbeat, welcoming, safe, and substance-free environment for individuals and families on their paths to lasting recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. All services offered at NCVRC are free of charge. The center is open for “drop-ins” Monday – Friday 9:00am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 11am-4pm. Recovery meetings/support groups for all paths are offered daily throughout the week; the schedule is available at

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