Recovery Coaches in the Emergency Department

About the Program

The Recovery Coaches in the Emergency Department (RCED) program was established in 2018, with the goal of serving individuals presenting with substance use disorders in the Emergency Department. This program was created by establishing partnerships between the Vermont Department of Health, Vermont’s Recovery Centers, and their local hospitals.  As of 2021, Recovery Coaches are now working in hospitals throughout the entire state of Vermont, providing resources and support to those in crisis when they need it most.  Recovery Vermont is proud to provide these coaches their initial and ongoing training.


Recovery Centers


Turning Point Center of Central Vermont

Turning Point of Chittenden County

Turning Point Center of Bennington

Turning Point of Windham County

Kingdom Recovery Center

North Central Vermont Recovery Center

Turning Point Center of Springfield

Journey to Recovery Center

Turning Point Center of Rutland

Turning Point Center of Addison County

Turning Point Center of Franklin County

Central Vermont Medical Center 

University of Vermont Medical Center

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital

Copley Hospital

Mount Ascutney Hospital 

 Springfield Medical Care Systems

Northwestern Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center

Porter Medical Center

Gifford Medical Center

Positive Outcomes of Recovery Coaching in the Emergency Department

Recovery Coaches from the North Central Vermont Recovery Center in partnership with Copley Hospital. 

+  Reduce recidivism (fewer return visits).

+  Reduce substance related Emergency Department visits.

+  Reduce costs and ED caseload.

+  Reduce opioid overdose risk for individuals.

+  More people enter long-term recovery.

+  Increased awareness about the hope, healing, and power of recovery for persons struggling with substance use disorder, their family members, hospital staff and volunteers.

+  Infuse the hospital system with recovery values and concepts.

+  Increase the connection rate to community care.

+  Save Lives! 

RCED Training Program 2023

The RCED training is a two-day training for Recovery Coaches working in Vermont’s Recovery Centers. These trainings are hosted by Recovery Vermont and are currently being held online.

Modules Covered

Learning Objectives

Practical and Protocols


Stigma-reduction & Recovery Advocacy


Motivational Interviewing in the Emergency Department

Resource Provision 

HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2

Best Practices GPRA Interview

Trauma Informed Services

Upcoming Training Dates in 2023

The RCED training is currently only for Recovery Coaches employed by a Vermont Recovery Center, and working in the VT RCED program

October 25th & 26th | 9am – 4pm

December 6th & 7th I 9am – 4pm

Applications will become available six weeks prior to each training.


+  Recovery Coach graduate from the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy

+  Permission from your Executive Director and/or supervisor 

+  A supervisor 

+ Strong WiFi connection, video, and microphone capabilities

What our coaches have to say

Thank you so very much for the wonderful training. Even through a difficult medium, Zoom, you managed to ensure the RCED training was both thought-provoking, informative and interactive. I'm looking forward to putting my newly acquired knowledge and skills into action.
Richard Muir III
These two days have been so amazing I have learned so much. I have so much respect for everyone who works in this field and the challenges Recovery Coaches face, but the key thing is to be a good listener and show support for those who face the challenges of addiction.
Kate Coderre
Recovery Coach

Interested in learning more?


Recovery Vermont
A program of VAMHAR
100 State Street, Suite 352

Montpelier, VT 05602