1.A.1.a. Mission

Rule

A written mission that reflects a commitment to those served and identifies the population served which, at a minimum, includes persons in recovery from a substance use disorder.

Levels

I

II

III

IV

This rule applies to all recovery residence levels of support.

Guidance

A mission statement is a short written statement that describes the purpose or aim of the organization. It describes who the organization serves, what it does, its objectives, and its approach to reaching those objectives. The mission serves as a guide for decision-making, and it should be shared with a range of decision-makers (e.g. governance body, administrators, direct support staff, residents and/or the public). According to the rule, the mission must reflect a commitment to the population served, which, at a minimum, includes persons in recovery from substance use issues.

This rule assessment can become somewhat subjective, especially when the mission statement alludes to a target population rather than implicitly naming a target population. The following mission statement examples may offer guidance:

  • To provide recovery supportive residences to women with substance use issues (Obviously reflects)

  • Providing comprehensive solutions to ending homelessness and promote self-sufficiency (May reflect since substance use is prevalent amongst persons at risk for or who are experiencing homelessness and “self-sufficiency” could be a characteristic of recovery)

  • To empower individual investors to take control of their financial lives (Obviously DOES NOT reflect)

Evaluation

Use the following questions to verify that a recovery residence meets this standard rule:

  • Is there a short written statement, known as a mission statement, that describes the purpose or aim of the organization?

  • Does the mission statement directly or indirectly reflect a commitment to serving persons in recovery from substance use disorder?

  • Is there evidence that the mission is shared with decision makers?

Evidence

Evidence that this rule is met is a written submission of the mission statement as well as policies and procedures that ensure that it is shared in documents written for specific decision makers:

  • Governing body (e.g., bylaws, strategic plan)

  • Administrative staff (e.g., policy and procedure manual)

  • Direct support staff (e.g., staff handbook, job descriptions)

  • Residents (e.g., resident agreement, resident handbook, community board)

  • Public (e.g., website, marketing)

References

  • Help writing a mission statement
  • How is this rule relevant to my accreditation application?

Course Syllabus

Not Enrolled
1.A. Operate with Integrity
1.A.1. Use mission and vision as guides for decision making
1.A.1.a. Mission
1.A.1.b. Vision
1.A.2. Adhere to legal and ethical codes and use best business practices
1.A.2.a. Business entity
1.A.2.b. Insurance
1.A.2.c. Property permission
1.A.2.d. Legal compliance
1.A.2.e. Ethical marketing
1.A.2.f. Background checks
1.A.2.g. Paying residents
1.A.2.h. Financial boundaries
1.A.2.i. Code of Ethics
1.A.3. Financial accounting
1.A.3.a. Fee transparency
1.A.3.b. Accounting system
1.A.3.c. Refund policies
1.A.3.d. 3rd party payments
1.A.4. Data collection
1.A.4.a. Resident information
1. ADMINISTRATIVE AND OPERATIONAL
1.B. Uphold Residents’ Rights
1.B.5. Rights and Requirements
1.B.6. Resident information
1.B.6.a. Secured records
1.B.6.b. Confidentiality
1.B.6.c. Social media policy
1.C. Culture of Empowerment
1.C.7. Peer governance
1.C.7.a. Resident driven
1.C.7.b. Grievance policy
1.C.7.c. Community posts
1.C.7.d. Length of stay
1.C.7.e. Resident voice
1.C.8. Resident involvement
1.C.8.a. Reciprocal responsibility
1.C.8.b. Leadership roles
1.C.8.c. Recovery process
1.D. Develop Staff Abilities
2. PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
2.E. Home-like Environment
2.F. Safe Healthy Environment
Recovery Residence Certification
3. RECOVERY SUPPORT
3.G. Facilitate Recovery
3.G.20. Promote purpose
3.G.20.a. Meaningful activities
3.G.21. Recovery planning
3.G.21.a. Person-centered plan
3.G.21.b. Recovery capital
3.G.21.c. Peer roles
3.G.22. Community supports
3.G.22.a. Resource directory
3.G.22.b. Resource linkage
3.G.23. Mutual support
3.G.23.a. Weekly schedule
3.G.23.b. Mutual aid
3.G.24. Recovery support services
3.G.24.a. RSS
3.G.24.b. RSS Staff
3.G.25. Clinical services
3.G.25.a. Clinical services
3.H. Model Prosocial Behaviors
3.H.26. Respectful environment
3.H.26.a. Model recovery
3.H.26.b. Trauma informed
3.H.26.c. Resident input
3.I. Sense of Community
4. GOOD NEIGHBOR
4.J. Be a Good Neighbor
4.J.30. Responsive neighbor
4.J.30.a. Contact information
4.J.30.b. Complaint response
4.J.30.c. Neighbor interaction
4.J.31. Courtesy rules
4.J.31.a. Preemptive policies
4.J.31.b. Parking