Florida Certification of Recovery Residence Administrators

In order to properly license certain facilities in Florida, operations must be supervised by a certified recovery residence administrator (CRRA). Below are the “bullet points” to assist you in organizing your information if you intend to apply for such a certification.

Who is Responsible for Certifying Recovery Residence Administrators?
The Florida Certification Board (FCB), based in Tallahassee, is approved to certify recovery residence administrators.

FCB is tasked with establishing the certification requirements and process, as well as developing and administering a code of ethics and disciplinary process and other ongoing requirements.

When is a Recovery Residence Administrator Required?
A Recovery Residence that applies for voluntary certification by the Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) must show that it is actively managed by a Certified Recovery Residence Administrator before obtaining the FARR certification.

The CRRA is the person responsible for the overall management of the Recovery Residence and supervision of residents and staff. A Certified Recovery Residence Administrator must have competence in 5 areas:

  1. Recovery residence operations and administration
  2. Maintaining the physical residence
  3. Resident screening and admissions
  4. Resident recovery support
  5. Legal, professional and ethical responsibilities.

When Can You Apply for Certification?
Applications are now available on the Florida Certification Board website.

What is Required for Certification?
An administrator must meet certain minimum qualifications in various categories, including:

  • Formal Education
  • Content-Specific Training
  • Related Work Experience
  • Supervised On-the-Job Experience
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Competency Exam
  • Criminal History Standards
  • Code of Ethics Standards
  • Continuing Education

What about People Already Employed by a Recovery Residence?
If you are already working in a position similar to that of a CRRA, you may apply during the first year of the credentialing program (April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017). During this time period, candidates will not have to take the competency examination or meet the supervised on-the-job experience requirement.

What are the Fees Associated with a CRRA Certification?
The application fee is $100. The annual renewal fee is $100. Additional charges assessed for manual credit card processing and late renewals. Background screening fees are due to the entity performing the background screening.

Other Questions
If you have any other questions about obtaining a certification as a Recovery Residence Administrator, please contact Weiner & Thompson, P.A., the lawyers to Florida’s recovery provider community.


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