HISTORY OF OHIO RECOVERY HOUSING
Ohio Recovery Housing (ORH) is an organization dedicated to the development and operation of quality alcohol and drug-free living in a community of recovery for people with substance use disorders. An affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, ORH supports our Associates in meeting the quality established by the NARR Standards.
ORH was officially established on September 19, 2014 after years of work to organize recovery housing in Ohio. Ohio has always outspokenly valued the power of peers in recovery living together with a commitment to sobriety. The Association of Halfway House Alcoholism Programs (AHHAP) was founded in 1968 with leadership from Ohio. This organization merged with NARR in 2013. In the 1970s and 1980s, regional recovery housing organizations began to emerge across the United States. These organizations had an emphasis on standards and training, including the Ohio Alliance of Residential Recovery Services (OARRS) which began operating in Ohio.
In 2007, the State of Ohio received an Access to Recovery (ATR) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). This grant included resources to support alcohol- and drug-free housing and recovery supports, primarily in northeastern Ohio. In 2009, Ohio again played an important role in advancing the understanding of sober housing with the initiation of the SAMHSA’s Workgroup on Women, Sober Housing, and Treatment. In May 2011, this workgroup convened an in-person dialogue of organizations from throughout the United States who meet the housing and treatment needs of women and women-headed families and published key elements of housing for women and families with substance use disorders. Other stakeholders participating included the Corporation for Supportive Housing, State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS), and the National Alliance to End Homelessness. The resulting report added to the growing national momentum for greater recognition of recovery housing as a valued housing choice for people with substance use disorders.
In July of 2011, SAMHSA invited select participants from throughout the U.S. to participate in a facilitated dialogue on housing for people with behavioral health conditions. This supported SAMHSA’s newly identified priority of Home as part of their strategic plan. Ohio was represented at this meeting, which also included the founders of the National Alliance of Recovery Residences. This launched Ohio’s connection to NARR and the work to begin an Ohio Affiliate of the national organization.