In November 2007, Iowa was awarded the Access to Recovery (ATR) II grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). As part of the ATR program, Iowa introduced Recovery Peer Coaching as a service to compliment Iowa's Recovery Oriented System of Care. With help from Altarum, the CSAT technical assistance contractor, Iowa brought the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) to Iowa in November 2008 to assist in the ongoing development and implementation of Recovery Coaching. Using their established curriculum, CCAR provided training to over 30 coaches, representing 20 agencies, and provided additional training for 10 individuals to be trained as a "train the trainer". Since that initial training, Iowa has conducted additional coaching academy’s to form a corps of nearly 100 coaches.
Face to Face meetings between an individual and a Recovery Peer Coach to discuss routine recovery issues from a peer perspective.
A person who empowers an individual in their personal journey towards recovery offering hope; while providing advocacy, guidance, motivation and knowledge.