SHAPES- Understanding Diversity in Recovery Housing February 2022 


By reflecting on our internal biases, we can take the journey towards working with people from all walks of life. This workshop will give us insight and tools to not only understand ourselves but how to best find harmony with those around us. This workshop will also include a lesson on diversity and how to be an ally to all. Randi Breuer leads us in this conversation on how we can work towards having the most successful environment possible in our recovery homes and other areas of our life.

 Career Coaching and Workforce Development Webinar December 2021


Employment is often vital to recovery and at times, finding work can be difficult, especially if you have a criminal record. There are organizations and programs available to help. Attend this special presentation that provides information about where to look for employment and identifies community organizations and government programs that support those with previous criminal justice involvement find and keep work.

Recovery Housing Summit September 2021


We'll introduce providers and other stakeholders to our work creating a statewide registry of reviewed and accredited residences based on NARR's Quality Standards. We'll also discuss state licensing as it applies to those offering higher levels of care. Other topics will include fair housing, NIMBYism, and MOUD. This will be an excellent time to network with other providers and share best practices.

Trauma Informed Care in Recovery Residences
WAQRR September 2021 Webinar


Join WAQRR in a discussion with Garrett Kostin and Milena Stott as we discuss the role of a trauma informed care approach to supporting individuals in recovery residences. This webinar will discuss how trauma informed care can revolutionize the way that providers approach the care of the residents. 

Garrett Kostin, MSW, started his social work career with migrant and refugee communities on the Thailand-Myanmar border in 2009. Since returning to the U.S. in 2014, he has gained valuable experience working in both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health and medical settings. He currently serves as a behavioral health consultant, facilitating workshops and trainings on person-centered and trauma-informed care, Motivational Interviewing skills, medications for opioid use disorder, and other topics. He is energized by innovative, person-centered initiatives that aim to reduce disparities and inequities in healthcare and society.

Milena Stott, LICSW, SUDP, started her social work career working with children and families.  As a clinician she gained experience in various settings across the continuum of care with both children and adults.  No matter the setting, trauma and adverse childhood experiences were a common theme in the lives of people.  As a clinician she helped her clients find the support and interventions to heal and as a supervisor she helped others understand how to work with persons who experience(d) trauma.  Today, Milena provides training and technical assistance and also does outreach and engagement with the Fletcher Group to promote quality and capacity for recovery housing and recovery support.

Effective Supervision of house managers WAQRR August 2021 Webinar


House managers and peer leaders play a vital role in the lives and recovery of residents as they are learning to navigate a sober life. House managers are often the first line of support for recovery residents. This webinar will discuss how we can effectively hire, support, and correct (when necessary) leaders in our residences. We will also be discussing how effective supervision will benefit house leaders personally and professionally.

Walking with Residents Through Conflict WAQRR July 2021 Webinar


One of the most important life skills our residents can learn in recovery is how to successfully navigate conflicts.  Whether its with housemate or family members, conflicts with others can drive a person to relapse, be a catalyst for more trusting relationships, or anything in between.  Recovery residence operator and WAQRR chair Alan Muia will present on this most important topic.  We'll discuss how conflict works and strategies for coaching residents through effective conflict resolution. 

April 2021 Best Practices in Working with Residents in Recovery from Co-Occurring  Challenges


How do you know if you have the resources you need to support a prospective resident?  What can you legally do to support all of your residents in your home communities? What do you need to know about mental health conditions in order to responsibly manage recovery residences. 

We'll explore these and other crucial questions with Beth Fisher Sanders.  Ms. Fisher Sanders has worked in the field of addictions since 1987 as a social worker specializing in the field of addiction recovery, and has particular interest and expertise in recovery residences. She is founder and CEO of a recovery residence system offering Levels 1-3 homes for men and women in Atlanta, GA , Charlotte, NC and Greenville, SC. In addition, she is a Charter Board Member and founding President of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, Beth sits on the editorial board of Addiction Professional magazine, and is a frequent contributor addressing issues related to recovery residences. Beth often speaks publicly on both a professional and personal basis about the power of community, for which she attributes much of her own long term recovery

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.

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.

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.


October 2020 Licensing and Medicaid Reimbursement

If 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. 

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.  

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.

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. 

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.