MARS Medicated Assisted Recovery Services Project

The peer facilitated Medication Assisted Recovery Services Project (MARS) is a collaboration between the National Alliance of Methadone Advocates (NAMA) and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM), Division of Substance Abuse (DoSA). MARS is located in the Bronx, NY and will provide peer recovery support services to patients at AECOM’s Methadone Maintenance Treatment Programs.


The overall goal of MARS is to design, implement, and evaluate selected peer-delivered recovery support services that will complement the existing treatment program. The MARS project will provide persons whose recovery is assisted by medication.


MARS services include: training in medication assisted recovery, a mix of culturally appropriate support groups, drug and alcohol free social activities, recovery celebratory events, peer leader training and mentoring, and a peer council to help direct the development of the project.


The organized provision of peer recovery support services is completely new within medication assisted treatment (MAT), as is the collaboration of a peer-based recovery community organization (NAMA) with a major treatment provider (AECOM). How this collaboration evolves to deal with a population often neglected by the recovery community is key to the success of the project.


National Alliance of Methadone Advocates, Inc.
(Facilitating Organization)


Melrose On Track
260 East 161 Street
Bronx, New York 10451


Walter Ginter, CMA

Project Director
Vice President NAMA

Joycelyn Sue Woods, MA, CMA
Project Coordinator
President NAMA

MARS is a Recovery Community Support Program Grantee