Department of Justice and HUD joint statement – housing rights – Published 11/10/2016
This is an updated version of guidance first issued in 1999, and includes an authoritative summary of Federal fair housing law as it applies to housing shared by individuals with substance use disorders.
Group Home Technical Advisory - California Department of Housing and Community Development -- Published December 2022
This is guidance to local governments about zoning and other policies that target recovery housing for different treatment from other households in the community. Specific to CA, but the requirements are based on federal statutory and case law. Important.
Government Accountability Office: Report to Congressional Requesters (March 2018)
This report, titled “Information on Recovery Housing Prevalence, Selected States’ Oversight, and Funding,” was the GAO’s response to a request for information from Senators Elizabeth Warren, Marco Rubio and Orrin Hatch.
Building Recovery: State Policy Guide for Supporting Recovery Housing, National Council for Behavioral Health, April 2018
This is a short, easy-to-read set of recommendations for state legislatures and agencies. It includes recommendations for support, oversight legislation, and policies that will support the health and expansion of recovery housing systems that are aligned with best practices. NARR collaborated in the production of this guide.
Model Patient Protection and Treatment Ethics Act (2019)
This is a model law that may be adopted by states to address patient brokering, insurance fraud, unethical marketing practices and related abuses. It was developed by the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws with involvement by NARR and other national stakeholder organizations.
Model Recovery Residence Certification Act (2020)
This model legislation creates voluntary certification programs, addresses selection of standards, appointment of certifying organizations; addresses abusive practices
MAT-capable Recovery Residences: How State Policymakers Can Enhance and Expand Capacity to Adequately Support Medication-assisted Recovery, NARR, 2018
This guide will help state policy and funding agencies address the unique challenges in developing recovery housing resources that can adequately support individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment.
Helping Recovery Residences Adapt to Support People with Medication-Assisted Recovery
This guide discusses the basics of the most commonly prescribed medications, including how they work, how they are meaningfully improving recovery outcomes, and most importantly how residences can become welcoming and supportive recovery environments for individuals prescribed these medications. Joint publication of NARR, the National Council for Behavioral Health and the Center for Social Innovation. March 2019 release
Know Your Rights: Rights for Individuals on Medication-Assisted Treatment, SAMHSA, 2009
This guide describes the rights under the Americans With Disabilities and Fair Housing Acts for individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment. Guide covers housing, employment and other forms of discrimination, and the application of disability rights laws.
Statement by Michael Allen, House Judiciary Committee hearing, “Examining Sober Living Homes”,
Statement by Sara Pratt, House Judiciary Committee hearing, “Examining Sober Living Homes”; September 2018
These are powerful statements about fair housing from two noted civil rights attorneys, in response to suggestions that civil rights laws should be amended to reduce or eliminate fair housing protections for individuals recovering from substance use disorders. They also discuss the history of these protections in the context of the broader evolution of fair housing and other civil rights in America.
Drugs of Abuse, a DEA Resource Guide (2020)
This is an authoritative guide to the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States. The guide covers a wide variety of substances, and includes a drug’s effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key facts.
HUD Recovery Housing Brief
This 2015 guidance clarifies that HUD supports abstinence-based recovery housing, and provides operational guidelines for its inclusion in Continuum of Care programs. Linked page also references this downloadable statement.
Monthly open calls
Notes taken during our calls can be found here. Apologies for incomplete participant lists and misspellings. We try to catch the names as people introduce themselves.
NARR statement on NYC housing abuses 6-1-15 – Added 6/06/2015
Recovery Housing Needing its Own Recovery – Added 9/17/2012
Recovery Aid Slashed – Added 9/12/2012
FARR Reaching Vision – Added 9/17/2012
Recovery Homes Group Extends – Added 9/19/2012