Recovery Housing: Best Practices and Suggested Guidelines

SAMHSA logoRecovery housing is an intervention that is specifically designed to address the recovering person’s need for a safe and healthy living environment while supplying the requisite recovery and peer supports. This report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) identifies ten specific areas, or guiding principles, that will assist states and federal policymakers—including criminal justice professionals—in defining and understanding what comprises safe, effective, and legal recovery housing. National organizations have contributed significant and valuable work in developing policies, practices, and guidance to improve recovery housing as an integral model of care. The guiding principles in this document are meant to provide an overarching framework that builds upon and extends the foundational policy and practice work that had guided the development of recovery housing to date. SAMHSA recommends following these Ten Guiding Principles to guide recovery house operators, stakeholders, and states in enacting laws designed to provide the greatest level of resident care and safety possible.