A Recovery Residence (aka sober living) is characterized as a safe and healthy living
environment that promotes abstinence from alcohol and other drugs and enhances participation and retention in traditional clinical treatment. Residents benefit from peer support and accountability, and can gain valuable relapse prevention and life skills as they transition to living independently and productively in the community. The level of service provided by a Recovery Residence is categorized by either a Level I,II,III, or IV.
In Ohio (Ohio Revised Code) Recovery Housing has been included under minimum treatment and support services options:
Chapter 340: ALCOHOL, DRUG ADDICTION, AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
340.033 Minimum treatment and support services options.
The array of treatment and support services for all levels of opioid and co-occurring drug addiction required by division (A)(11)(c)(ix) of section 340.03 of the Revised Code to be included in a continuum of care established under that section shall include at least ambulatory and sub-acute detoxification, non-intensive and intensive outpatient services, medication-assisted treatment, peer mentoring, residential treatment services, recovery housing pursuant to section 340.034 of the Revised Code, and twelve-step approaches.
340.034 Recovery housing.
All of the following apply to the recovery housing required by section 340.033 of the Revised Code to be part of included opioid and co-occurring drug addiction services and recovery supports :
(A) The recovery housing shall not be subject to residential facility licensure by the department of mental health and addiction services under section 5119.34 of the Revised Code.
(B) The recovery housing shall not be subject to certification as a recovery support under section 5119.36 of the Revised Code.
(C) The recovery housing shall not be owned and operated by a board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services unless any of the following applies:
(1) The board owns and operates the recovery housing on July 1, 2017.
(2) The board utilizes local funds in the development, purchase, or operation of the recovery housing.
(3) The board determines that there is a need for the board to assume the ownership and operation of the recovery housing such as when an existing owner and operator of the recovery housing goes out of business, and the board considers the assumption of ownership and operation of the recovery housing to be in the best interest of the community.
(D) The recovery housing shall have protocols for all of the following:
(1) Administrative oversight;
(2) Quality standards;
(3) Policies and procedures, including house rules, for its residents to which the residents must agree to adhere.
(E) Family members of the recovery housing’s residents may reside in the recovery housing to the extent the recovery housing’s protocols permit.
(F) The recovery housing shall not limit a resident’s duration of stay to an arbitrary or fixed amount of time. Instead, each resident’s duration of stay shall be determined by the resident’s needs, progress, and willingness to abide by the recovery housing’s protocols, in collaboration with the recovery housing’s owner and operator, and, if appropriate, in consultation and integration with a community addiction services provider.
(G) The recovery housing may permit its residents to receive medication-assisted treatment.
(H) A recovery housing resident may receive addiction services that are certified by the department of mental health and addiction services under section 5119.36 of the Revised Code.
National Association of Recovery Residences(NARR) established minimum quality standards. The state affiliate to NARR is Ohio Recovery Housing(ORH) who certifies Recovery Residences as meeting minimum quality standards. ORH only certifies Levels I,II, III. Neither organization has any official government role or are a licensing agency. Certification is voluntary and not a legal requirement.
No. At this time certification is voluntary. However, certain funding sources may require certification.
Yes. Recovery Housing Providers are required to comply with all Federal, State and Local Fair Housing Laws as well as the Ohio Tenant/Landlords Laws.
No. NEORRN does not own or operate recovery housing. However the operating board does include recovery housing providers.
*The information provided is not intended to replace or substitute any professional, financial, medical or legal advice. The online listings of providers and services is for general information purposes only. To be listed the Service must be located in the Northeast Ohio and be a provider of recovery, treatment or support services. Ask us for more information. NEORRN does not endorse or recommend providers nor engage in verification of quality of services. Providers do not pay to be listed, mentioned or highlighted on the NEORRN website. All providers and services listed follow their own eligibility criteria and being listed on the NEORRN website does not guarantee that an individual will be accepted into their programs. NEORRN does not own or operate recovery housing.