Recovery High School Programs
For adolescents in recovery from a substance use disorder or dependency, attending school can often put their ability to maintain their recovery at risk. Recovery High School (RHS) programs play an important role for these students by offering them another educational option in which they can feel supported in their recovery while still working towards a high school degree.
Recovery High School programs, as set forth in M.G.L. c. 71, § 91, are not autonomous schools or school districts; they are public programs operated by a school district or an education collaborative. Licensed school-based personnel provide a variety of services within the RHS programs to help support the individual needs of their students by developing and following an Individualized Recovery Plan while providing a comprehensive four-year high school education.
The five Recovery High School programs are:
Any Massachusetts student, ages 14–21, who has been diagnosed with a substance use disorder or dependency can apply for admission to one of the five Recovery High School programs throughout the Commonwealth.
The admissions process for a student to attend a Recovery High School program can be initiated by any of the following:
- substance use treatment programs;
- school districts;
- youth serving agencies;
- juvenile justice;
- residential programs;
- and others
To support students with disabilities who are attending Recovery High School programs, there is an administrative advisory entitled: Recovery High Schools and Students Eligible for Special Education. This advisory supplements the regulations related to RHS programs, 603 CMR 54.00, which were adopted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in February 2017.
Recovery High School Program Quality Program Guidelines serve as guidance on program quality expectations for the implementation of Massachusetts Recovery High School programs.
The Recovery High School Legislative Report | May 2019
For further assistance, please contact:
Substance Use Prevention & Intervention Specialist
Office of Student and Family Support
firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 338-6305
Last Updated: December 11, 2019