Recovery Housing

For many people, access to a safe and supportive living environment is necessary to help them sustain recovery and avoid return to use, particularly in the early days of  recovery. Recovery housing is intended to provide drug and alcohol free living spaces that also help residents build recovery skills and resilience and improve their well being. In this collection, we include a toolkit from the National Council for Behavioral Health designed to help state and local leaders create effective oversight and regulation of recovery housing services and several documents from the National Alliance for Recovery Residences including their National Standard 3.0 compendium, frequently asked questions about recovery residences, and two guides for how recovery residences can support individuals using medication assisted treatment as part of their individual treatment plan. We also include a 2014 report from the national convening of the Substance Use and Housing National Leadership Forum which discussed how best to provide housing and service integration for people with substance use disorders and homelessness or housing instability.

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Policymakers & Community Leaders

Building Recovery – State Policy Guide for Supporting Recovery Housing

Source: National Council for Behavioral Health

This toolkit provides policy makers with guidance on how to create effective regulations, oversight policies, and financial support for recovery housing services in their community. The toolkit is divided into three sections including a discussion of recovery housing standards, incentives and

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Policymakers & Community Leaders
Patients & Caregivers

National Standard 3.0 Compendium

Source: National Alliance for Recovery Residences

This 23 page guidebook’s purpose is to name and describe the standards required for recovery residences to meet the NARR Standard. This standard encompasses core principles and individual standards in four domains: administrative and operational, physical environment, recovery support, and good neighbor.

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Policymakers & Community Leaders
Payers & Providers
Patients & Caregivers

A Primer on Recovery Residences: FAQs from the National Association of Recovery Residences

Source: National Association of Recovery Residences

This 2012 document from the National Association of Recovery Residences (now known as National Alliance of Recovery Residences) is a primer on recovery residences answering 39 frequently asked questions on such topics as what are recovery residences and how are they regulated and governed? What do people

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Policymakers & Community Leaders

MAT-Capable Recovery Residences: How State Policymakers Can Enhance and Expand Capacity to Adequately Support Medication Assisted Recovery

Source: National Alliance for Recovery Residences

The National Alliance for Recovery Residences published this guide to supporting the use of medication assisted treatment (MAT) in recovery housing programs in 2019. Directed at state and local policy makers, the report describes the challenges of adding MAT to recovery residence programs and proposes strategies for expanding recovery housing overall and specifically housing programs that can support residents on MAT.

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Policymakers & Community Leaders

Substance Use and Housing National Leadership Forum

Source: CSH & National Council for Behavioral Health

In 2014 leaders were convened in Washington to discuss strategies to bring housing and service integration for people with substance use disorders. This report describes the discussions held and the convening and provides recommendations for creating a continuum of housing and services to

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Policymakers & Community Leaders

Recovery Housing: Best Practices and Suggested Guidelines

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration published these guidelines for best practices in operating recovery housing as directed by the 2018 SUPPORT Act.

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Policymakers & Community Leaders
Patients & Caregivers

Recovery Housing Development Guidebook

Source: Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services prepared this step-by-step guide for people operating or creating a sober living environment recovery house that conforms to Ohio rules and regulations. The guide additionally provides information about administrative and operational considerations, developing

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