Staffing: Introduction

Recovery Housing Staffing > Staffing: Introduction


Staff support is one of the most important considerations in operating a recovery home. An organization will need individuals to implement the essential tasks guided by the policies and procedures that a recovery housing organization have created.


Prior to diving into information regarding staffing by levels of support, it is important to understand the legal obligations as an employer.  It is highly recommended that an operator of recovery housing program consult with an attorney to ensure that the program is following all state, federal and local laws and making sure that all appropriate taxes are paid.

Non-profit organizations should also ensure that they are in compliance with Ohio charitable law regarding volunteers – if there are plans to use volunteers in the organization.


An organization may structure the recovery housing program in any appropriate method they wish, using individuals who are employed by the organization as staff, using individuals who are independent contractors, or even volunteers.

For the simplicity in this training, we will refer to these individuals as staff.  When it is appropriate, we will specify if an individual is a paid staff person or volunteer.