Human resources

Survey to Measure Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Resources in Indiana

Staff reports

The Mental Health and Addiction Division of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration recently announced the launch of the Recovery Capital Index.

It is designed to measure the sum of resources needed by an individual to initiate and sustain recovery from addiction and to help track the overall recovery capital of the state and communities.

“People in recovery have been telling us for decades that recovery is about more than just maintaining sobriety,” said DMHA director Jay Chaudhary. “A full, fulfilling life is key to a successful recovery. The Recovery Capital Index will help the state measure the quality of life for recovering Hoosiers and ensure Indiana remains a great place to recover. .

Recovery capital is the overall measure of the internal and external resources available to a person with a substance use disorder to ensure their continued success in recovery. ROI provides a complete picture of a person’s overall well-being using an automated 68-question online survey. Generally, the higher the level of recovery capital, the better the chance that a person will maintain success in recovery.

The state has invested more than $45 million in federal state Opioid Response Grants over the past four years to address the drug epidemic and improve mental health. DMHA plans to use the aggregated and geographically analyzed results of the Recovery Capital Index to guide future decisions regarding funding and resource allocation.

Chaudhary said mapping and measuring recovery capital will also allow DMHA to see the effect of its investment and track it over time.

To complete the Recovery Capital Index survey, text RECOVERY to 833-638-3784. All Hoosiers are encouraged to complete the survey, not just those directly affected by addiction.

To help drive uptake, Overdose Lifeline Inc., an Indiana nonprofit dedicated to helping people with substance use disorders, will place stickers on more than 200 NaloxBox units and 19 dispensers. naloxone machines across the state. The stickers will prompt users to scan the QR code or text RECOVERY to 833-638-3784 to access the survey and additional information about naloxone, including training videos.

To find a naloxone dispensing site near you, visit

DMHA has contracted with Commonly Well to administer the statewide survey. Commonly Well is a charitable enterprise that uses technology and data to help communities and organizations implement wellness initiatives.