Best Responses to "NIMBYism" in our Communities 

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.

Jan 24, 2020 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST Register Here


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

February 7 10 – 11:30 AM PST  Register Here


Best Practices in Medications for Opioid Use Disorders for Recovery Residence Providers

This webinar will provide an overview of best practices in housing residents who use medications to manage their OUD and Mental health challenges. We'll use the NARR Best Practice Guide as a template and discuss our own on-ground experiences.

March 27 10 – 11:30 AM PST  Register Here



Risk Management

Because we house vulnerable people, we work in an increasingly litigious environment, and our field is developing its own set of norms, it is important to review our practices to ensure we operate safely and responsibly. We'll explore best practices and share ideas with one another.

About our presenter:  Krista Mayes began her insurance career with NSM almost 20 years ago.    NSM is a Program Administrator – managing and underwriting over 15 industry-specific, niche programs.  Over the years, Kirsta worked her way into underwriting and subsequently went on to manage and direct several of NSM’s niche programs, including Coastal Condo Properties, Hotels, and Residential Homebuilders.  Geof McKernan (NSM’s founder and CEO) is personally committed to providing the best insurance products to the addiction treatment and recovery community.  Krista was honored when he asked her to take the reigns of the Addiction Treatment Providers Program three years ago. 

April 22 10 – 11:30 AM PST  Register Here


Best Practices in Working with Residents in Recovery  from Co-occurring Disorders

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.

June 24 10 – 11:30 AM Register Here

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

Return to Use Policies in Recovery Residences 

This webinar will deal with one of the more difficult topics that comes up in recovery residences, when a program member returns to use. We will be discussing the best practices for supporting the members of your program. What are the best ways to support  the individual through their return to use? What are the best ways to support the members of the program?

December 17 10 - 11:30 AM Register Here

Medication for Opioid Use Disorder and Medication Policies

This webinar will provide an overview of best practices in housing residents who use medications to manage their OUD and Mental health challenges. We'll use the NARR Best Practice Guide as a template and discuss our own on-ground experiences.

January 21 10 - 11:30 AM Register Here 




PO BOX 1978, Mount Vernon, WA, 98273

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