Anchor ED (Emergency Department)


AnchorED connects individuals admitted into Rhode Island emergency rooms for a substance use disorder with recovery services delivered by certified peer recovery coaches.


Prior to being released, a peer recovery coach from Anchor Recovery Community Center meets with the patient to introduce them to recovery supports and resources. Recovery coaches play an important role in helping individuals avoid another overdose and encouraging them to stay engaged in treatment.


Anchor ED’s services also include:

  • Linking individuals to treatment and recovery resources
  • Providing education on overdose prevention and on obtaining Naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose when administered
  • Providing additional resources to individuals and family members
  • Contacting the individual after they are released from the ED with a follow-up phone call


Anchor ED is the first program of its kind in the country. It is now partnered with every hospital in the state and has also been replicated by multiple states.


Anchor MORE (Mobile Outreach Recovery Efforts)


Anchor MORE is Anchor’s statewide outreach initiative, in which peer recovery specialists go out into the community and talk with individuals suffering from substance use disorders. Interactions often lead to referrals to treatment and recovery support services such as 12 step meetings, medication assisted treatment, detox, recovery housing, recovery coaching, safe shelters and Anchor services.  This mobile effort reaches all 38 towns of Rhode Island.


AnchorMORE staff visit places like soup kitchens, shelters, bus stations and needle exchanges, and these efforts result in over 500 conversations in the community each month. AnchorMORE also provides distribution of naloxone (Narcan) and education of overdose prevention strategies.


Telephone Recovery Support


Telephone Recovery Support (TRS) is an innovative peer-to-peer support service that provides weekly telephone calls to check in on people in recovery. Recoverees are given support and encouragement as well as information about community resources, support meetings and alternative recovery pathways that may help them maintain their recovery. Calls are made by trained Anchor staff and volunteers that are in recovery themselves.


Our calls can be particularly helpful during a reoccurrence of someone’s chronic substance use disorder. When a recoveree tells us they have relapsed, we don’t exclude them from the program; we keep calling them, checking in with them, and offering help.


Participation is simple: fill out the form below. We look forward to getting to know you and supporting you on your recovery path.


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Anchor Consulting


Training and Consulting Services to Support Your Recovery Organization’s Goals

In Rhode Island, Anchor’s work has become the state’s model for recovery support services due to its successful implementation, steady growth and strong outcomes. To assist colleagues around the country to develop these valuable services, Anchor has developed a program of training and consulting services. Our expertise can help you take your ideas on how to build a bustling center of resources and support for people in recovery from the drawing board to reality.


“We had a fantastic visit!  The only thing that would have made it better is a second day.  Thank you for all your help and spending time with us.”

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Option 1: Intro to Building Peer-Based Recovery Supports

Free 20 minute phone call*


Learn about Anchor Recovery Community Center, the first program of its kind in Rhode Island.  We will provide an overview of Anchor’s services and provide helpful tips on how to get your program off the ground.


Option 2: Building a Recovery-Focused Community

3-hour site visit or 3-hour phone consultation*


Anchor Recovery Community Center is more than just a location.  In this session, learn how Anchor grew from a single location to a model implemented throughout Rhode Island that includes physical locations, outreach in high-need communities, and collaborations with hospital emergency departments statewide. Visit Anchor for a glimpse into a successfully run recovery center.


Option 3: Implementing Your Recovery Center

One-day site visit to Anchor* 


Now that you’ve made the decision to embark on building a recovery community center, Anchor has the tools that can help you along the way.  We’ll share our best practices and hands-on tools that make a recovery center’s day-to-day operations run smoothly:

  • Policies and procedures
  • Data collection tools
  • Supervision and training


You will be provided with a full operations manual with supporting forms and documents.  After your visit you will also have the option of scheduling two hours of telephone follow-up.


Option 4: Responding to the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

5-hour site visit plus 2-hour follow-up or 5-hours telephone support*


In Rhode Island, as in many states, deaths as a result of opioid overdose now greatly outnumber those caused by car accidents. Our AnchorED program dispatches specially trained recovery coaches to emergency departments statewide to respond to overdose survivors.  We’ll share our experiences and guidance on creating a program like this in your community, including:

  • Training for recovery coaches
  • Developing a collaborative relationship with hospitals
  • Collecting and reporting data
  • Operations manual with supporting documents

Option 5: Successfully Training a Peer Workforce

Anchor has developed a Recovery Coach Academy to train members who have lived experience on supporting others in recovery. Several sessions of Recovery Coach Academy are scheduled each year.


Group discount is available. If you’re interested in Anchor Consulting Services, please contact Operations Manager Roka Francis at (401) 475-1232.