Levels of Care in Recovery Residences

What’s the difference between a sober home, half way house, recovery home, treatment center, and a therapeutic community?  These and other names are used to describe residences within the continuum of care provided in recovery residences.  To help providers clarify where they fit into the continuum, The National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) developed a rubric of four levels of care.  No level is better than another and all are in short supply in our state.  We will explore the continuum, discuss how to assess the best placement for prospective residents, and discuss how NARR/WAQRR certification applies to each level of care


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.

May 27 10 – 11:30 AM PST  Register Here


Trauma-Informed Care for Residents

Given the high correlation between addiction and early life trauma, we know that SUD recovery and trauma recovery go hand in hand for our residents.  Join us for a discussion of how to create safe and caring environments in which they can heal and thrive.  Our presenter is George Braucht. Mr. Braucht is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. His specialty is professional and peer workforce development and continuous program quality and outcome improvement consulting in behavioral health and social justice settings. Before retiring from the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles and the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, he created the Transitional Housing for Offender Reentry Directory and the Reentry Partnership Housing initiative. He is a Charter Board Member of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences in which he serves as Secretary and the Affiliates Committee Co-chair. George is also a Recovery Consultant with SAMHSA’s Opioid Response Network.

Impacts of COVID-19 on Recovery Residences-Best Practices Round Table  

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.  

August 20 10 -11:30 AM Register here

Recorded Webinar 

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. 

September 17 10 - 11:30 AM Register Here

Recorded Webinar

Funding for Recovery Residences, Referrals, Vouchers, Grants, Government Sources, Medicaid Reimbursement  

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. 

Recording Available Here

What Makes A Recovery Residence? Recovery Based Environment Essentials 

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.  

Recording Available Here

Opioids and Recovery Residences; an 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.

Recording Here



Return to Use Policies in Recovery Residences 

What happens when one of our residents returns to use?  Does it matter if s/he is intoxicated on the premises? What do you do when a resident tests positive for an elicit substance--even if there isn't other evidence s/he was using? When should someone get another chance?  This webinar will discuss the philosophies, implications, and effects of a variety of return to use policies.

About our presenters:  Danielle Gray and Erin Helms direct Ohio Recovery Housing, the Ohio State affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences.  ORH is one of the most established and well-respected organizations of its kind in the country.  Danielle and Erin bring a great deal of evaluation and consulting experience to their roles.  

February 18 10 -11:30 AM Register Here




This webinar will explore 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.

March 18 10 -11:30 AM Register Here



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. 

April 15 10 -11:30 AM Register Here


Implications of the Federal Fair Housing Act for Recovery Residences

The federal Fair Housing Act has numerous implications for recovery residences including protection for residences from discrimination by municipalities and others who would discriminate against groups of people living together for mutual support.  The law also speaks to how residence operators much protect the rights of our residents.  We are pleased to welcome nationally recognized Fair Housing attorney Steve Polin to present this vital content.

About our presenter: Steven G. Polin is an attorney in private practice in Washington, DC.  His practice focuses primarily on the application of the Federal Fair Housing Act as it pertains to exclusionary zoning enforcement to persons with disabilities residing in a group living environment. He also serves as General Counsel to Oxford House, Inc. and continues to represent Oxford House in numerous zoning issues involving municipalities throughout the country. His practice is national in scope and he also represents other providers of housing for persons in recovery from alcoholism and substance abuse in such jurisdictions as Florida, California, Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maryland and New Jersey.


Mr. Polin is the 2016 recipient of the Vernon Johnson Award from Faces and Voices of Recovery for his individual advocacy on behalf of persons in recovery.  He is a 1995 recipient of the Public Justice Achievement Award, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, for his outstanding contributions to the protection of civil rights and the public interest as co-counsel in Lebens v. Country Creek Association, Inc. 1995. In addition, in 2000, he was the recipient of the Founder's Award, Oxford House, Inc., for leadership and perseverance in assuring equal protection under the law for Oxford House residents and Oxford House expansion.

May 20 10 -11:30 AM Register Here


How To Prepare Residents for Transitions


June 17 10 -11:30 AM Register Here




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PO BOX 1978, Mount Vernon, WA, 98273

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