WASH is committed to supporting the success of high-quality recovery residences throughout the state of Wisconsin. As the state affiliate of the National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR), WASH certifies recovery residences utilizing the most up to date quality standards. These standards address the business aspects of a successful recovery residence, best practices for recovery-oriented services and supports, and, ultimately, the compassionate implementation of these practices.
WASH certification recognizes organizations that offer recovery-oriented support to help individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) achieve a life in recovery. WASH certification is a two-year active credential. A re-certification process will be initiated on a recurring two-year cycle. WASH certification helps recovery residences establish and maintain credibility and trust among prospective residents, their family members, and community stakeholders.
For more information download the Certification Preparation Packet HERE.
The WASH certification process is open to recovery residences currently operating within the state of Wisconsin. Recovery residences are welcome to work with WASH for technical assistance as they build their policies and procedures in alignment with national standards, but full certification is reserved for residences currently providing recovery residence services to individuals affected by SUD.
The review process for certification applies to recovery residences that meet accepted definitions of recovery residences. At a minimum a recovery residence is a safe, sober, and healthy living environment that promotes recovery from alcohol and other drug use and associated problems.
● Are sober environments, expecting residents to abstain from alcohol and other (non-prescribed) drug use.
● Offer peer-to-peer recovery support, with some providing professionally delivered clinical services.
● Have published policies and procedures regarding admission, program expectations, relapse, readmission criteria, and other rules for governing group living.
● May require abstinence from particular types of medications according to individual policies.
For more information see this Primer on Recovery Residences.
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