Standards and Certification
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In 2012, the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) published the first national standards and began designating statewide affiliate organizations responsible for administering voluntary certification of recovery residences.
Benefits to a national standard include:
- Standardized nomenclature allows for more productive & meaningful conversations.
- Translates across states: different & changing laws
- Inclusive framework: 4 Levels of Support
- Unites fragmented knowledge base
- Facilitates the collection and promotion of best practices
- Offers a blueprint to new capacity & quality capacity
- Equips researchers with comparative subjects
- The basis for a certification program
Benefits to a voluntary certification program include:
- Incentivizes fidelity to best practices (ideally through support and mentoring) rather than policing compliance (“carrots” over “sticks”)
- Promotes quality without raising impediments to fair housing choice
- Complements (not replaces) existing regulation
- A public-facing mechanism that empowers choices and instills confidence: consumers, funders, referral agents…
- Provides consumer protection and a grievance process
- Cost-effective and flexible over time