The Indiana Recovery Network (IRN) is a program of the organization Mental Health America of Indiana, who has partnered with the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration and the Governor’s office, to create the Regional Recovery Hub Project. This project was started to help address the needs of those with substance use and mental health disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic. These Hubs will expand our ability to connect Hoosiers with mental health and substance use disorders to treatment and recovery supports through Certified Peer Recovery Coaches, Community Health Workers, and Certified Recovery Specialists, as well as help us assist individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, regardless of where someone is in their recovery journey.
For people with mental health and substance use disorders, COVID-19 has increased feelings of anxiety and isolation and has simultaneously limited access to treatment and recovery services. According to Douglas Huntsinger, Indiana Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement, “Since this time last year, emergency departments in Indiana have seen a 59 percent increase in overdose events. There has also been a nearly 60 percent increase in Naloxone administration by emergency medical services personnel”. The Regional Recovery Hubs will connect individuals with a certified peer support that will stay on the journey of recovery with that person no matter where they are – including leaving treatment or a possible relapse.
The RRH project is community based, meaning services are not tied to a specific provider. This ensures that individuals can continue to engage with peer supports without restraints. Peers can refer individuals to detox, treatment, transitional housing, recovery residences, Recovery Community Organizations, Recovery Engagement Centers, food pantries, etc. Different organizations in the Regional Recovery Hub Project are scattered across Indiana.