1.C.7.a. Resident driven

Rule

Evidence that some rules are made by the residents that the residents (not the staff) implement.

Levels

I

II

III

IV

R

R

(✔ = required and R = recommended)

This standard rule is required for Level IIIs and Level IV recovery residences in order to mindfully ensure that the social model is being upheld despite the hierarchical staff model of the higher levels of support. Although Level Is and Level IIs more naturally uphold resident-driven governance, it is also recommended that they explicitly put a policy in place.

Guidance

Governance is about setting and enforcing boundaries. These are the rights, rules and decision-making procedures that direct actors (e.g. residents or staff) along a path that is desired. This rule speaks to resident-driven governance in which members of a community (e.g. residents, senior residents or alumni) develop and/or enforce boundaries, rules or decisions within or on behalf of the community. In the recovery housing world, this is often described as “peer accountability”. Too often the focus is on the enforcement side of resident-driven governance as opposed to the setting of rights, rules and decision making.

Understandably, some recovery residence providers worry that persons in early recovery may not have the skills to or a history of making “good” decision. Resident-driven governance is the opportunity for them to learn how to make “good” decisions for themselves and for the community within the safety of external boundaries. Resident-driven governance happens within the boundaries of the external governance such as recovery residence policies and procedures, fidelity standards or local, state and federal laws.

Social model recovery philosophy expects external governance structures to cultivate resident-driven governance within the recovery residence. The result is a cultural shift amongst residents from “Us vs Them” to “This is our community”.

Note: this rule is slightly different from standard rule 1.C.7.e. Resident Voices, which points to the external governance structure creating a process to consider and adopt ideas generated through community-driven governance.

Evaluation

  • Is there evidence that residents can create rules or make decisions?
  • Are these rules or decision implemented by resident(s)?

Evidence

  • Policy and procedure
  • Staffing and governance plan
  • Interview: “How does your recovery residence create opportunities for community-driven governance? What are examples of rules that resident(s) have created and enforced? Or some decisions residents have made?

Resource

Culture, Structure and Accountability in Recovery Housing (RecoveryPeople.org)

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