Wilmington Hires Recovery Coach To Help Residents With Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

WILMINGTON, MA — At this month’s Selectmen Meeting, the Board was introduced to Erin McCauley, the town’s new Recovery Coach.

“About a month ago, we hired recovery coach Erin McCauley,” announced Wilmington Health and Recovery Coordinator Samantha Reif. “She has a wonderful background of both lived experience and professional education. Erin is getting her Associates Degree from Northshore Community College in Behavioral Health. She is a certified recovery coach and has a number of certifications. She has a great history of working with clients and meeting them where they’re at. She, herself, is in 5 years of recovery… She has 5 kids and a husband…. She knows the system so well.”

McCauley told the board she was eager to “help out anyone with mental health issues and substance abuse issues.”

“Erin has been with us for 2-3 weeks and jumped right in,” said Reif. “She’s met with our police officers. She’s building a rapport with clients. She’s serving on a team meeting 24/7 with folks on Christmas Eve and Christmas.”

Reif explained that McCauley will be resuming a monthly podcast highlighting resources for those struggling. She will be co-faciliating a weekly recovery meeting in collaboration with the Tewksbury Police Department. McCauley will be getting involved with the initiatives of the Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition. She’s focusing on keeping people safe, harm reduction, providing tools and resources, and getting folks into treatment.

“I’m really excited to have her join our team,” stressed Reif. “I believe she’s a wonderful person and will only benefit the residents of Wilmington.”

“I want to thank the Town Manager, Board of Selectmen, and residents for voting this position in [at the 2020 Annual Town Meeting],” added Wilmington Police Chief Joe Desmond. “It’s one thing to have a PAARI grant to do a trial run, but we’re dedicated to keep this program going. This recovery coach position will be a worthwhile addition to what Samantha does.”

“This board has a high level of respect to what Ms. Reid already does,” responded Selectmen Chair Jonathan Eaton. “And we’re happy to support this initiative and bring Erin on board.”

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