Enforcement of Code of Conduct

Recovery Housing Institute > House Code of Conduct > Enforcement of Code of Conduct

Of course, you can have the best written code of conduct, and every resident can agree to uphold it before they move in.  But, what happens if and when someone does not uphold what they agreed to?

Some violations of the Code of Conduct are more serious than others.  For example, if a resident brings an illicit substance into the recovery home.  These serious violations of the Code of Conduct require immediate action, and may involve contacting appropriate authorities to address the situation.  Other violations of the Code of Conduct may seem relatively minor, such as a resident not completing their chores, but could lead to much unhappiness and distraction within the house hold.  There is a specific lesson in this series particular to addressing a resident who experiences a disruption in their recovery.  This topic lesson will cover this area in a more general manner.

Whatever the circumstance, the first step always to take the needed steps to ensure the health and safety of all individuals involved.

After any health and safety needs are addressed, it is an opportunity for discussion.  You can remind residents of the Code of Conduct that they agreed to and learn if they understand that their actions have violated the Code of Conduct.  Discuss how their actions have impacted the community and learn what their response is.  Allow for plenty of time for them to share their thoughts and perspective.   Discuss what additional services or supports may be needed in order to support the resident in upholding the Code of Conduct.  You can come up with a plan, together, that the resident agrees to uphold.  Discuss together what the outcome will be if the plan is not implemented.  It is a good idea to have the resident read and sign this plan.

Asking a resident to leave housing or relocate to a different home should only be used as a last resort.

Asking a resident to leave immediately should only be used if there is a direct and immediate threat to the health and safety of other residents or staff.