Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Create Resident Application Criteria that are Clear, Measurable and Consistent

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How to Create Resident Application Criteria that are Clear, Measurable and Consistent.

We now know that there many reasons it is important that a recovery house has a clear, measurable and consistent process for resident applications and evaluations. The common element in these is clear, measurable, and consistent.

Clear and Precise Language

Be sure to use terms that are clear and do not have multiple meanings. For example, you may wish to have a criterion that someone have a certain amount of experience in “recovery.” “Recovery” means different things to different people, so be clear by what you mean when you are thinking about recovery.  Being clear with such terms can help you evaluate people fairly and avoid misunderstandings.

Quantify When Possible

In a resident Application it is not always possible to place a specific number on all factors, but it is important to do so when it is possible.  For example, your home may allow children to live with their parents in the recovery home.  Instead of stating that only “young” children are allowed, be precise.  For example, only children under the age of 10 are allowed.

Consistency

Make it a policy and practice that all applicants be measured the same way. For example, if you have an interview as a part of your process, ensure all applicants are asked the same questions, and given the appropriate amount of time to respond. It would not be consistent to ask some applicants specific questions, but not ask all applicants that question. Even if a question seems silly, because it is something you already know or believe you know, it is important to ask the question anyway to ensure that the process is consistent.  You may be surprised by the response.

Sensitivity to Diverse Culture, Background, and Lived Experiences

In your resident application and evaluation process consider individuals who may come from diverse cultural backgrounds or lived experiences.  For example, read aloud or read by someone else can assist when applicants who may struggle to read and are not comfortable disclosing that information to you.  Be ready to present your application requirements in a variety of ways so the applicant feels supported and welcome.

Course Syllabus

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Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Journal Exercise #1
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Introduction
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Having a Clear and Measurable Process
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Having a Clear and Measurable Process cont.
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Having a Clear and Measurable Process cont.
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Having a Clear and Measurable Process cont.
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Assessment #1
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Create Resident Application Criteria that are Clear, Measurable and Consistent
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Journal Exercise #2
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Journal Exercise #2 cont.
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Journal Exercise #3
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Journal Exercise #3 cont.
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Journal Exercise #4
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Journal Exercise #4 cont.
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Evaluation Criteria Required to Meet National Quality Standards
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Required Evaluation Criteria for Level III Recovery House
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Required Evaluation Criteria for Level II Recovery House
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Required Evaluation Criteria for Level I Recovery House
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Other Criteria
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Assessment #2
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Documents
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Journal Exercise #5
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Developing an Evaluation Process
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Items to Avoid
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Separate Recovery Housing Application from Other Applications
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Other Considerations
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Resident Governance
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Create a Scoring Rubric
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Draft Your Process
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: Assessment #3
Resident Application and Move-In Evaluation: NEXT STEPS