Florida Certification of Recovery Residences

Why are Recovery Residences in Florida Seeking Certification?
Florida Statute 397.489, passed by the Florida Legislature in 2015, establishes a voluntary certification process for recovery residences.  Although certification is voluntary, a residence must be certified in order to be eligible for referral from treatment providers licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Who Certifies Recovery Residences in Florida?
The Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR), based in Boca Raton, is currently approved by DCF to issue certifications to recovery residences. It is FARR’s job to set certification requirements; establish procedures; provide training; develop a code of ethics; and establish certification related fees.

When should a Recovery Residence Apply for Certification?
Applications are now available on the FARR website.   On April 1, 2016, FARR submitted a list of all certified recovery residences to DCF and published that list on its website.  FARR will update this list within 3 days of any changes.

What Are the Required Steps to Becoming a Certified Recovery Residence?

Step 1: Apply, create a profile, and pay the application fee.
Step 2: An inspector will review your application.
Step 3: An inspector will conduct an onsite inspection.
Step 4: Residence receives certification.
Step 5: Owners, managers, and staff participate in education and training.
Step 6: Certified residences must comply with FARR’s grievance policy.  In addition, certified residences are inspected annually and subject to random audit inspections.

What are Other Requirements for Certified Recovery Residences?
A certified recovery residence must be actively managed by a certified recovery residence administrator.  Click here for more Information on Certification of Recovery Residence Administrators.

All owners, directors, and chief financial officers of an applicant are subject to background screening.

Certified Residences must ensure com  pliance with FARR’s Code of Ethics.

Where can I find a list of Certified Recovery Residences?
We expect that FARR will post a list of certified residences on April 1, 2016 or soon after that date.

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

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