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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2023) Best practices for recovery housing. Rockville, MD: Office of Recovery, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,.

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This document updates SAMHSA’s 2018 document and outlines best practices for the implementation and operation of recovery housing. These best practices are intended to serve as a tool for states, governing bodies, providers, recovery house operators, and other interested stakeholders to improve the health of their citizens, reduce incidence of overdose, and promote recovery housing as a key support strategy in achieving and sustaining recovery.

Best Practice 1 Be Recovery-Centered
Best Practice 2 Promote Person-Centered, Individualized and Strengths-Based Approaches
Best Practice 3 Incorporate the Principles of the Social Model Approach
Best Practice 4 Promote Equity and Ensure Cultural Competence
Best Practice 5 Ensure Quality, Integrity, Resident Safety and Reject Patient Brokering
Best Practice 6 Integrate Co-Occurring and Trauma-Informed Approaches
Best Practice 7 Establish a Clear Operational Definition
Best Practice 8 Establish and Share Written Policies, Procedures and Resident Expectations
Best Practice 9 Importance of Certification
Best Practice 10 Promote the Use of Evidence-Based Practices
Best Practice 11 Evaluate Program Effectiveness

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Guideline, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Harm reduction, Rehabilitation/Recovery
September 2023
19 p.
Office of Recovery, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,
Corporate Creators
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Place of Publication
Rockville, MD
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