Resident Rights

At minimum, residents have all of the rights that are offered to them under the law. All recovery homes seeking to meet quality housing criteria established by OhioMHAS should ensure that their resident rights statements are consistent with OAC 5122-30-22.1. In addition to OAC 51122-30-22.1 there are other legal considerations when developing your resident rights, including

  • Federal and state Fair Housing Laws
  • Landlord Tenant Laws
  • Laws that protect the privacy and confidentiality of resident information


See sections on the resident agreement and privacy policies for more information and links to further resources about these laws. It is highly recommended that you contact legal counsel for a review of your resident rights statements and other documents to ensure that you are aware of all resident rights and your obligations under the law. For the purposes of the resident rights statement, your resident rights statement should contain information on the legal rights that residents have under these laws.

In addition to legal rights, quality recovery homes ensure that other resident rights are respected. Recovery homes agree to take specific actions to ensure the following

  • Residents will be treated with dignity and respect
  • Residents will be informed of available services and supports
  • Residents will have all financial information explained to them before they sign any agreements or make any payments
  • Residents will be provided with receipts for payments and statements of account when requested
  • Residents will be provided with a clean, safe and homelike environment

In addition to thinking about activities that you are committed to doing, it is also helpful to think about things that should never happen in a recovery home. When considering your resident rights statement, think about activities that should not happen in recovery homes. For example,

  • Residents should be free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation
  • Residents should be free from restraint and seclusion

Residents have the right to participate in specific activities. This means that you will not prevent or prohibit a resident from engaging in activities such as

  • Residents will always be allowed to file a grievance in accordance with house policies
  • Residents will be able to ask for help when filing a grievance if they need it
  • Residents will not be treated differently or be subject to penalties for filing a grievance
  • Residents have the right to seek physical or mental health care at their own expense
  • Residents have the right to seek legal advice at their own expense

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