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Supporting Families

About IHR

Our Mission

IHR is a statewide service, research, policy, program development and capacity building agency. IHR designs its services based on an understanding of the impact of trauma. IHR’s mission is to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for families, individuals, youth and pregnant and parenting women affected by alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, violence/trauma, mental health challenges and other health issues. IHR’s work is based on these principles:

  • Establishing collaborative models of practice
  • Integrating gender-responsive, trauma-informed and relational/cultural models of prevention, intervention, and treatment
  • Fostering family-centered, strength-based approaches
  • Advancing principles of health equity and social justice
  • Promoting evidence-based practices


The Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR) is a statewide, nonprofit organization incorporated in 1990 to provide services, policy and program development, research and capacity-building activities. IHR provides training, consultation, technical assistance and curriculum development for state, local and national organizations to improve integration of best practices and policies into prevention and treatment programs.

IHR is certified by Massachusetts’ Supplier Diversity Office as a women-operated agency, and employs over 90 staff, as well as interns and research/evaluation consultants. At least 30 percent of IHR staff are in recovery from substance use, mental health issues or trauma, and/or living with HIV/AIDS. IHR’s primary funding sources are Mass. Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS); Mass. Department of Children and Families (DCF); MassHealth; and federal partners SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. Health insurance, private donations and fees support IHR’s direct services.

IHR’s main administrative offices and a licensed, CARF-accredited behavioral health clinic are located in Cambridge, Mass. Other licensed clinic sites are in Lowell, Boston, Fall River, and Springfield, Mass. IHR has additional offices in Roxbury and also works in homes, communities, and other organizational settings across the state.

IHR has been recognized by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment as an Exemplary Program for Homeless Addictions Treatment, and Pregnant and Parenting Women and Infants Promising Practice; and has received numerous awards, including a SAMHSA Science and Service Award.

Hope Rising

Recognized as a local and national leader in the behavioral health field, IHR has received numerous awards, particularly for work prioritizing pregnant and parenting women and family-centered approaches.

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Norma Finkelstein
Executive Director

Katharine Thomas
Assistant Director