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Where recovery lives.

Recovery isn’t an abstract concept. People live out recovery in real life contexts. In recovery homes, we learn to live in community, to navigate disagreements, to manage resources, and to set and realize goals.


Our residences provide safe and supportive environments where people in recovery live out their recovery day by day.

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Our Mission

The primary mission of WAQRR is to promote the establishment, successful management and growth of high quality community based recovery residences in Washington State. 

We accomplish this by:


  • Maintaining quality standards for recovery residences 

  • Certifying and publicizing recovery residences 

  • Interfacing with neighborhoods, government, and other agencies.

  • Providing resources and training for residence operators. 

​We are developing a network of safe, effective, and high-quality recovery providers who provide the environments essential for recovery from all forms of substance use disorder. 

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About Us
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The Washington Alliance for Quality Recovery Residences was founded in 2017 by a group of recovery residence operators and other stakeholders. Our goal is to provide a platform for mutual support, accountability, and resources for operators who desire to provide safe and healthy residential communities for people in recovery from substance use disorders. 

Get Certified

To ensure consistent safety and quality, WAQRR accredited recovery residences undergo annual reviews. This includes program and document reviews, site visits, and resident and staff interviews.

Residences are evaluated against the WAQRR Quality Standards adopted by our board of directors in 2019. 

WAQRR is the Washington State affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences that provides the template for our Standards and Code of Ethics.

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Certified members are housing providers who have applied for and been granted certification for all of their recovery residences.

  • Certified members can also participate in governance and professional development activities.

Associate members are non-providers who believe in our mission.

  • pay a small fee ($50 per year) to support our work.


Our board of directors meets regularly to develop the organization, review policies and procedures, and discuss how to better support our members. As a young organization, we are working to develop programs and practices that help our certified members as they serve the people they care about most.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • A Guide to Successful Partnerships with Private Landlords
    Explore the Private Landlord Toolkit
  • Navigating the World of CBHAs: How to Partner/Become a BHA
    Jun 14, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
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    This webinar will explore the benefits of CBHAs and how they can provide coordinated, comprehensive behavioral health care to individuals in need. Participants will learn about the CBHA Toolkit, which provides information and resources to recovery residence operators seeking to partner with comm...
  • ​  De-escalation Training (Webinar)
    Jun 16, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    The de-escalation training help can help individuals: 1) Become familiar with principles and skills to recognize, reduce, and manage anxious, aggressive, and potentially violent behavior. 2) Provide effective and compassionate methods of dealing with anxious or aggressive people. 3)Reduce fear in...
  • Recovery Residence 101
    Jun 22, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    This is an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the work of the Washington Alliance for Quality Recovery Residences (WAQRR) and learn about their efforts to create a statewide registry of reviewed and accredited residences based on NARR's Quality Standards.
  • Diversion Options Across the Sequential Intercept Model
    Jun 30, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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    Get ready to discover the ultimate roadmap for successfully diverting individuals in crisis! In this webinar, you'll delve into the cutting-edge Sequential Intercept Model, which outlines every single behavioral health service line a community needs to prevent individuals from spiraling out of ...
  • Basic Mediation Skills for Recovery Residence Staff and Peer Leaders
    In this intensive seminar, residence staff and peer leaders will learn the basics of mediating interpersonal conflicts between residents.
WAQRR's Bi-Annual House Leadership Training Event
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