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WAQRR is the Washington State affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR)

WAQRR Accreditation

Process Summary

If all policies and documents are in order and facilities are in good condition, we estimate that the Accreditation process should take four to six weeks.  We will do all we can to help along the way and commit to reviewing materials and facilities as quickly as possible.

 

Here is how the process typically happens.

  • The provider / applicant completes the accreditation application and submits all documents online.  At the start of the application, you'll be asked to estimate the level of care that is provided in each of your homes.  Click HERE to learn more about levels of care. 

  • A WAQRR Accreditation Coordinator will confirm receipt and contact document reviewers and site visitors.

  • Documents are reviewed for compliance with the WAQRR Quality Standard.  Reviewers are not final decision makers but information collectors who recommend follow up action to the Accreditation Coordinator.

  • Review Criteria:  Each required document component is reviewed according to the the latest version of the WAQRR standard.  Each component is rated according to the following criteria:

    • Red =  The component does not meet part or all of the standard—the document is either missing or does not meet the basic intent of the standard in question.

    • Yellow =  The component is present and meets the intent of the standard in question.

    • Green =  The component exceeds the standard in question—This is our way of commending provider for an exemplary policy.  We may gather these as part of an example set for providers seeking to improve their documents. 

  • The Accreditation Coordinator communicates review results to the applicant and requests follow up if needed.

  • Following a successful document review, the Coordinator will schedule and conduct a phone interview with the operator to assess standards relating to house environment, recovery support, and administrative processes.  

  • Site visits will be scheduled after the interview is completed and any related issues have been addressed.

  • Site visits are then scheduled and conducted and results are submitted electronically to the Coordinator.  Accreditation fees are paid at the time of the site visit.  Fees are calculated according to the WAQRR Accreditation Fee Schedule.  

  • Inspection Criteria:  Each required item on the inspection checklist is reviewed according to the latest version of the WAQRR standard.  Each item is rated according to the following criteria:

    • Red =  The item does not meet part or all of the standard—the item is either missing or does not meet the basic intent of the standard in question. For example, a room is too small to accommodate 50 square feet per bed in the room.

    • Yellow =  The item meets the intent of the standard in question.  For example, all furniture is safe and in good condition. 

    • Green =  The item exceeds the standard in question—This is our way of commending provider for an exceptionally, clean, safe, and welcoming facility component. 

  • The Coordinator requests corrective action follow up if needed.

  • Once all requirements have been met, the Certification Coordinator recommends the applicant to the Certification Committee as meeting all requirements for certification

  • After final approval, the Certification Coordinator sends certificate and submits the public provider information to be posted on the WAQRR Residence Directory.

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IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, YOU CAN CONTACT US AT

CERTIFICATION@WAQRR.ORG