To ensure integrity and quality of recovery housing programs, services and environments for people recovering from substance use.  ORH Board, Staff, and Associates recognize that recovery takes time and that residential support has many facets, ranging from residential treatment models to long-term recovery housing. ORH affirms the necessity of a continuum of care to adequately address the total needs of people recovering from addiction.

Code of Ethics

All associate ORH operators and staff have agreed to operate in compliance with the NARR Code of Ethics. 

1. Assess each potential resident’s needs, and determine whether the level of support
available within the residence is appropriate. Provide assistance to the resident for
referral in or outside of the residence.
2. Value diversity and non-discrimination.
3. Provide a safe, homelike environment that meets NARR Standards.
4. Maintain an alcohol- and illicit-drug-free environment.
5. Honor individuals’ rights to choose their recovery paths within the parameters defined by
the residence organization.
6. Protect the privacy and personal rights of each resident.
7. Provide consistent and uniformly applied rules.
8. Provide for the health, safety and welfare of each resident.
9. Address each resident fairly in all situations.
10. Encourage residents to sustain relationships with professionals, recovery support service
providers and allies.
11. Take appropriate action to stop intimidation, bullying, sexual harassment and/or
otherwise threatening behavior of residents, staff and visitors within the residence.
12. Take appropriate action to stop retribution, intimidation, or any negative consequences
that could occur as the result of a grievance or complaint.
13. Provide consistent, fair practices for drug testing that promote the residents’ recovery and
the health and safety of the recovery environment and protect the privacy of resident
14. Provide an environment in which each resident’s recovery needs are the primary factors
in all decision making.
15. Promote the residence with marketing or advertising that is supported by accurate, open
and honest claims.
16. Decline taking a primary role in the recovery plans of relatives, close friends, and/or
business acquaintances.
17. Sustain transparency in operational and financial decisions.
18. Maintain clear personal and professional boundaries.
19. Operate within the residence’s scope of service and within professional training and
20. Maintain an environment that promotes the peace and safety of the surrounding
neighborhood and the community at large.

Ethical Conflicts

 (as adapted by Connecticut Certification Board)


  1. To the best of their ability, Recovery Housing sites avoid dual relationships such as working directly with relatives, close friends and/or business acquaintances.

  2. Employees of sites in good standing with the quality standards of ORH may participate in political activities on their own time and in accordance with their individual desires and preferences, but do so as individuals and not as representatives of ORH or their organization unless specifically agreed to by ORH or the organization for which they are working.

  3. Owners and employees of sites in good standing with the quality standards of ORH and their employees may not offer or pay any illegal funds, directly or indirectly, in cash or in-kind, or engage in any split fee arrangement, in any form whatsoever, to induce the referral of patients or patronage to or from a health care provider or health care facility.

  4. Owners and employees of sites in good standing with the quality standards of ORH and their employees may not solicit or receive any commission, bonus, rebate, kickback, or bribe, directly or indirectly, in cash or in-kind, or engage in any split-fee arrangement, in any form whatsoever, in return for the acceptance or acknowledgement of treatment from a health care provider or health care facility.

  5. Sites in good standing with the quality standards of ORH shall only provide clinical or therapeutic interventions if those services meet conditions set in Ohio code.

All housing sites affiliated with ORH have been inspected and found to provide a standard of living that meets ORH & NARR requirements. The housing inspection includes health, life skills programming, safety and management reviews that ensure each site lives up to the standards set forth by ORH.


This set of standards supersedes any and all previous standards required to be an ORH associate.


No claims of operating in good standing with the quality standards can be made until the site visit is completed and approved by the ORH Advisory Board. 


Upon approval, associates are encouraged to display documentation that they are in good standing with the ORH quality standards, “Associate of ORH,” or some similar statement in all literature for the property. A link to the ORH website may be inserted in the facility website homepage.


(Note that ORH provides quality reviews for Levels I, II, and III. Level IVs are licensed by the State of Ohio as residential treatment providers.)


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