August 2020 WAQRR Webinar Impacts of COVID-19


During the COVID-19 pandemic we have all had to make some large changes to our programs. We are gathering a group of leaders in the recovery residency field to discuss what practices have allowed for sustainable programs and events? What barriers have programs ran into, both with their residents and with the community? How can we plan moving forward? We are excited to have a round table discussion to explore all of the options available to us so that we can continue to support our residents. Our panelists will be Travis Gannon, Jason Bliss, and Alan Muia.

Travis Gannon founded and directs Hand Up Housing which operates five recovery residences for up to 50 men in Snohomish County.  Established in 2017, Hand Up Housing has been WAQRR accredited for two years during which time Travis has served on the WAQRR board of directors.


Jason Bliss is the Washington State Coordinator of Oxford House.  Oxford House International currently operates 335 level 1 recovery residences in Washington—the most of any state in the US.  

September 2020 WAQRR Accreditation 


This webinar will discuss the Washington Alliance of Quality Recovery Residences (WAQRR) accreditation. We will discuss the benefits to a sober housing program acquiring this accreditation. This webinar will discuss the process to becoming a fully accredited house. We will also be discussing the different levels of care in the WAQRR accreditation. 

October 2020 Licensing and Medicaid Reimbursement


f your organization offers specific services to residents, WA state licensure may be a great way to serve more residents and even receive reimbursement from Medicaid. Residence providers who operate homes within the NARR levels III and IV may be eligible for licensure and medicaid funding.  Come learn more about levels of care and what's involved in being licensed by the state. 

October 2020 Funding for Recovery Residences


This webinar will discuss the funding options that are available for sober housing. We will be discussing creative ways that program residents will be able to look into funding sources. Part of our time will also be spent discussing Medicaid reimbursement through sober housing programs.

November 2020 What Makes A Recovery Residence?


This webinar will discuss the difference between a housing program and a recovery residency program. The topics will include the needs for a recovery residency program and how to implement them into your program.  


January 2021 Update from the WA State Opioid Treatment Authority. 

Join us for a timely presentation from Jessica Blose, WA State Opioid Treatment Authority who will be discussing the current state of the opioid crisis in our state. We will discuss how the pandemic has impacted the crisis, efficacy of medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), and current legal and policy guidance related to MOUD.


February 2021 Relapse Prevention Return to Use Policies in Recovery Residences

Relapse prevention as a technique to reduce the need to respond to relapse is discussed. What happens when one of our residents returns to use? This webinar will discuss the philosophies, implications, and effects of a variety of return to use policies. Guest presenters will be Danielle Gray and Erin Helms from Ohio Recovery Housing.


March 2021 NIMBYism (Not in my back yard)

This webinar explores issues related to neighborhood relations and neighbor resistance to recovery residences located in their vicinity. What does the law say? How can you build healthy relationships in your neighborhood?  How can your residents help?  Bring your success stories and ideas.




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