A description is presented of the four-step process used by the Appalachian Regional Commission to develop a new Recovery to Work initiative. The Commission identified, defined, and described issues facing individuals who complete substance abuse disorder treatment and who seek reentry into the workforce. Key elements were identified for resources and supports to develop and maintain community-based substance abuse recovery ecosystems. The steps included conceptualization, data collection, analysis, and review to formulate recommendations for program and policy development. The full process of development was accomplished in twelve months.
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Behringer B. Responding to Appalachian Voices: Steps in Developing Substance-Use Recovery Ecosystems. J Appalach Health 2020;2(3):117–32. DOI: https://doi.org/10.13023/jah.0203.10