Creating a Communicable Disease Policy Overview

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It is important that recovery residence operators know and understand the importance of a Communicable Disease policy in recovery housing.

Recovery housing is a safe, healthy, and supportive environment for individuals in early recovery. This includes providing appropriate support for physical health, such as basic, common-sense steps to help to prevent the spread of any communicable disease within the recovery housing environment.

According to OhioMHAS’s Recovery Housing Development Guidebook, a recovery house organization should have their Policies and Procedures document on hand and easily accessible, and this document should include, among other policies, the Communicable Disease Policy.

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Also, ORH requires certified recovery house organizations to have a policy concerning communicable disease that must contain the following elements:

  • The home may have a separate policy related to COVID-19 or a combined communicable disease/COVID19 policy.
  • Residents are notified of what behaviors may increase the spread of infectious disease.
  • Residents are encouraged to take precautions for the spread of infectious disease including hand washing, regular cleaning of the common areas of the home, practicing physical distancing of at least six feet, not sharing personal items and eating utensils, and wearing face coverings.
  • House provides supplies needed for precautions (such as soap, paper towels, gloves, face coverings, and cleaning supplies).
  • Visitors to the home must wash their hands, only visit in designated areas, wear a face covering and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

A recovery home should support the resident, who has an illness, to speak with their health care provider and follow their medical advice.

But just as important, these policies must be supportive of recovery, and allow the residents to make and enforce rules themselves (depending on the house level).

Course Syllabus

Not Enrolled
Creating a Communicable Disease Policy Overview
Communicable Disease Policies: Exercise
Why a Communicable Disease Prevention Policy is Important
Can I Ask a Resident About Their Health Condition?
Communicable Disease Policies: CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING QUIZ #1
Communicable Disease Policy Requirements
Physical Property Policy Requirements
Communicable Disease Policies - CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING #2
Actively Encourage Regular Handwashing
Create a Chore Chart for General House Cleaning
Remind Resident and Staff About the Risks of Sharing Personal Items
Use Universal Precautions
Provide Residents with Information About Preventative Health Care and Vaccines
Avoid Having a Joint Communicable Disease Policy with Treatment Facilities
Communicable Disease Policies - CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING QUIZ #3
Write Your Communicable Disease Prevention Policy
House Code of Conduct
House Codes of Conduct and the Social Model of Recovery
Resident Code of Conduct: Assessment #1
Language for House Codes of Conduct
Language Journal Question 1
Language Journal Question 2
Language Part 2
Language Part 3
Suggested Processes for Developing Code of Conduct
House Code of Conduct Development Question 1
House Code of Conduct - Environment Free from Alcohol and Illicit Drugs
House Code of Conduct Development Question 2
House Code of Conduct Promote Recovery
House Code of Conduct Development Question 3
House Code of Conduct Healthy Household
House Code of Conduct Development Question 4
House Code of Conduct Harmonious Environment
House Code of Conduct Discussion Question 5
House Code of Conduct Development Good Neighbor
Enforcement of Code of Conduct
House Code of Conduct
Resident Rights Statements
Resident Rights
Finalizing Your Resident Rights Statement
Resident Rights Statement: Upload a DRAFT Document