Best Responses to "NIMBYism" in our Communities (January 24)

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 (mental health and SUD) 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




PO BOX 1978, Mount Vernon, WA, 98273

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