Staffing: Position Assignment Descriptions cont.

Recovery Housing Staffing > Staffing: Position Assignment Descriptions cont.


Imagine a scenario where a recovery home leaves the responsibility of checking in with each resident daily to the senior resident, who is a volunteer.  The senior resident does not fully understand that this is their role, as they never received training or signed a formal agreement.

One weekend, one of the housemates does not check-in.  The senior resident figures that this housemate is just out and didn’t tell anyone. There is no follow up. The housemate is not formally checked in until the following Tuesday when the staff person arrives at the house and wonders where all of the residents are.  It turns out the senior resident didn’t really know it was their responsibility to report such happenings according to policy.  The senior resident simply thought being the senior resident meant that they had been there the longest and got the biggest bedroom.  They did not know that it was important for them to do other things within the house – such as report to staff that a housemate doesn’t check-in.

There are a multitude of adverse events that could of happen to the resident who did not check in, and that a failure to report the missing resident could mean for that person, and the organization as whole.

This situation can be avoided by having a written agreement where it is clear to each person what responsibilities they have and what exactly is expected of them.

In the above scenario, the resident leader should have known how serious it was to report the missing resident as soon as they didn’t check in during the weekend.