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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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. 


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.


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.


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.

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Upcoming Events

  • ​  De-escalation Training (Webinar)
    May 26, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Learn skills to better handle difficult situations between individuals.
  • WAQRR Accreditation Team Training (Webinar)
    May 27, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Interested in joining the WAQRR Accreditation Team? Find out how.
  • Operationalizing Peer Support
    Jun 03, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Presenter: Stephanie Lane, Peer Workforce Development Officer with Peer Washington.
  • House Leadership Training
    Jun 12, 11:30 AM – Jun 13, 1:30 PM
    Everett Recovery Café, 1212 California St, Everett, WA 98201, USA
    Join us for this in-person training event. We will cover are recovery residences quality standards, vital leadership roles, conflict management, and recovery capital basics. All meals will be provided free of charge, and we will be offering some discounted lodging as well.
  • Introduction to Intimate Partner Domestic Violence
    Jun 16, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Presenter: Shannon Snapp, Shelter/ Crisis Team Program Director for Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties.
  • Stages of Change: Understanding the Framework and Primary Tasks for Recovery Residents
    Stages of Change: Understanding the Framework and Primary Tasks for Recovery Residents. Presenter: Garett Kostin, LICSW, SUDPT
  • Recovery Residence 101
    Jun 30, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Presenters: WAQRR Board Member Alan Muia, WAQRR Executive Director Jason Bliss, and WAQRR Accreditation Coordinator Briana Yocum.