Staffing: Essential Staff Responsibilities

Recovery Housing Staffing > Staffing: Essential Staff Responsibilities


All recovery homes take individuals to run them properly.  No matter the level of support recovery homes need to have an individual, weather it is a volunteer, paid staff, or independent contractor who is responsible for the following things

  • Ensuring that safety equipment is in good working order (such as fire extinguishers, smoke alarms), etc.
  • Checking the home periodically for physical safety hazards (such as overloaded outlets, egresses being blocked)
  • Orient new residents into the home and ensure that they understand all of the program’s policies and procedures
  • Ensures that house meetings occur at least once a week and that all residents attend
  • Responds to concerns from neighbors should they occur

These responsibilities can be implemented by senior residents, volunteers, the owner of the home, a house manager, or another paid position.  What is critical is that it is clear that someone is responsible for all of these items.  Even in a Level I home, it is important to ensure that there is an identified person who can take responsibility for stated above responsibilities to ensure the overall safety and wellbeing of the home and the residents who reside there.


There are some responsibilities that occur in all recovery homes that must be completed by a person who is being paid or compensated in some fashion to perform the work. These include

  • Having a person available for residents if they need additional support or there is an emergency
  • Reviews, responds and documents resident grievances
  • Reviews and responds to incident reports and documents responses
  • Responds when there is a serious violation of the Code of Conduct

At Level III and Level II homes these items are usually performed by the compensated person within the home.  At a Level I home this may be a staff person, or the owner/operator of the organization who responds.  However, these responsibilities are serious, such as responding to incidents or responding to a formal grievance.  These items should be performed by a compensated individual, weather it is a staff person at a larger organization that operates multiple levels of support, or the owner or operator of an individual Level I home.

Let’s take a closer look at staff responsibilities for Level III and Level II recovery house.

(LEARN MORE from Ohio MHAS’s Guideline for Recovery Housing