Grievance Policy: Reviewing a Grievance

Creating a Grievance Policy for Recovery Housing > Grievance Policy: Reviewing a Grievance


To appropriately review a grievance, an organization should review the matter, talk to any witnesses or individuals involved, and do this within a specific timeframe.

After the organization has completed a grievance review, the program also needs to share the findings with the resident who filed the grievance.

  • If the grievance was verified, include what the organization’s response to the situation is and the steps that have been or will be taken to address the situation.
  • If the grievance was not verified, the organization should still communicate the findings and determination with the person who filed the grievance.

An organization can have a meeting with this resident, but the organization must also follow up in writing so there is documentation of the findings and that it was shared with the person who filed the grievance.

The grievance report must include contact information for an actual person.  Don’t just say “a manager” – a real name and phone number needs to be included.

Nothing is worse than being upset about something, and you are trying to do something about it, only you have to do all this extra legwork to figure out who to contact.

We have all been in the situation where we are upset with something, we want it fixed, and now it is impossible to figure out how to fix it.  How does that make you feel?  Even more angry and upset?  Including contact information can help avoid those situations.  Remember, making it easy for resident to bring these matters to the organization helps keep an already difficult situation from escalating.