Communicable Disease Policy Requirements


A well written and implemented Communicable Disease Prevention policy that meets NARR Standards, can help you make sure that you are taking reasonable steps to prevent the spread of disease, whether residents have a condition or not, and while respecting the individual rights of the residents who live in the home.

For your Communicable Disease Prevention policy to meet the requirements of ORH Certification, your policy needs to address several elements, regardless of the house’s level of support including…

  1. Residents are not required to disclose communicable disease status to the recovery housing operator.

Residents are allowed to keep this information private by law. Residents may share their health condition, if they choose to, but the operator must not require them to disclose any health condition information to provide housing or services.

  1. The recovery house must have a policy to notify residents and staff on what behaviors may increase the risk of spread of communicable disease and steps that they can take to mitigate these risks.

For example, the policy can list that residents can use gloves or other protective equipment when exposed to bodily fluids, wash their hands frequently, keeping a clean environment and be encouraged not to share personal items with others.

  1. The recovery house must have a policy on disposal of any biohazardous materials, such as sharps (IE: needles) that a resident may use for insulin or other prescribed medications.

These materials need to be disposed of in accordance with recommendations from their health care provider or County Health Department.

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Course Syllabus

Not Enrolled
Creating a Communicable Disease Policy Overview
Communicable Disease Policies: Exercise
Why a Communicable Disease Prevention Policy is Important
Can I Ask a Resident About Their Health Condition?
Communicable Disease Policies: CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING QUIZ #1
Communicable Disease Policy Requirements
Physical Property Policy Requirements
Communicable Disease Policies - CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING #2
Actively Encourage Regular Handwashing
Create a Chore Chart for General House Cleaning
Remind Resident and Staff About the Risks of Sharing Personal Items
Use Universal Precautions
Provide Residents with Information About Preventative Health Care and Vaccines
Avoid Having a Joint Communicable Disease Policy with Treatment Facilities
Communicable Disease Policies - CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING QUIZ #3
Write Your Communicable Disease Prevention Policy
House Code of Conduct
House Codes of Conduct and the Social Model of Recovery
Resident Code of Conduct: Assessment #1
Language for House Codes of Conduct
Language Journal Question 1
Language Journal Question 2
Language Part 2
Language Part 3
Suggested Processes for Developing Code of Conduct
House Code of Conduct Development Question 1
House Code of Conduct - Environment Free from Alcohol and Illicit Drugs
House Code of Conduct Development Question 2
House Code of Conduct Promote Recovery
House Code of Conduct Development Question 3
House Code of Conduct Healthy Household
House Code of Conduct Development Question 4
House Code of Conduct Harmonious Environment
House Code of Conduct Discussion Question 5
House Code of Conduct Development Good Neighbor
Enforcement of Code of Conduct
House Code of Conduct
Resident Rights Statements
Resident Rights
Finalizing Your Resident Rights Statement
Resident Rights Statement: Upload a DRAFT Document