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May 8, 2018

Joy Burwell
(202) 748-8789

Toolkit will Increase Safety and Effectiveness of Recovery Housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  To help address the nationwide addiction crisis and strengthen the road to recovery, states need to invest in access to quality recovery housing. Evidence shows that recovery housing is instrumental in helping individuals with substance use disorders achieve and sustain a life in recovery. Despite this, recovery homes are often under-resourced and excluded from public sector policies and resources. In response, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) issued Building Recovery: State Policy Guide for Supporting Recovery Housing  to assist states with the creation of recovery housing certification programs that standardize recovery housing operations to protect and support residents.

“Recovery housing is still in its legislative infancy and this toolkit will help it grow as a feasible, robust system with nationally-recognized standards,” said Tom Hill, vice president of practice improvement at the National Council. “People seeking recovery need to know that someone is not taking advantage of them during a vulnerable time. States using this toolkit are investing in the future and safety of their citizens.”

Building Recovery provides states the knowledge and guidance to adopt recovery housing standards, incentivize compliance and invest in recovery housing infrastructure. The toolkit also includes sample resources such as a model state law, a legislative matrix of current and proposed recovery housing bills, an action assessment and list of research briefs that are publicly available for review.

“Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process and for many recovery can only be sustained through the safe and supportive living environment of a recovery home,” said Lori Criss, CEO of The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers. “This toolkit provides a path forward for recovery homes as well as individuals in recovery.”

Building Recovery: State Policy Guide for Supporting Recovery Housing is available for download at no cost on the National Council’s website:

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The National Council for Mental Wellbeing is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 2,900 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 1 million Americans have been trained.