What are recovery residences?
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines recovery residences/homes as safe, healthy, family-like, substance-free* living environments that support individuals in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD).
- All recovery residences are centered on peer support and a connection to services that promote long-term recovery.
- Recovery housing benefits individuals in recovery by:
- Reinforcing a substance-free lifestyle
- Providing direct connections to other peers in recovery, mutual support groups, and recovery support services.
*Substance-free does not prohibit prescribed medications taken as directed by a licensed prescriber, such as Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) or medication for co-occurring disorders.
Registry of recovery homes
Search for recovery homes (both Level 1 and Level 2 recovery residences and Oxford Houses) using the registry of recovery homes. Recovery residences listed on the registry are verified by the Washington Alliance of Quality Recovery Residences (WAQRR) as following the National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR) best practices. These residences allow residents to use prescribed medication for physical health, mental health, and substance use disorders.
Filters to the left of the map allow you to search for the type of home you are looking for. Both recovery residences and Oxford Houses are peer-run and peer-operated homes.
If you are interested in your recovery home being included in the recovery residence registry, please email the HCA recovery residence team.
Recovery residence referral mandate - RCW 71.24.660
Substitute House Bill 1528, passed by the State Legislature in 2019 created RCW 71.24.660. Starting January 1, 2023, service providers will need to refer qualified individuals to recovery housing on the HCA Recovery Home Registry. If you are a provider that has connections with a recovery home that is not included in the registry, please contact the Washington Alliance of Quality Recovery Residences with contact information, so they can reach out and potentially start the process of becoming included on the registry. You can contact them via email.
Over the next year HCA will be working on determining the logistics and providing technical assistance regarding the new law. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the mandate, email HCA Recovery Residence or view the Recovery Residence referral mandate FAQ.
Recovery residence revolving loan fund
Recovery homes on the registry and those working towards inclusion on the registry can apply for a loan up to $4,000 in order to help with operating costs. Recovery homes working towards inclusion on the registry must do so via accreditation by the Washington Alliance of Quality Recovery Residences.
How do I apply?
For an overview of the program, read the Recovery Residence fact sheet and Recovery Residence FAQ. Email the HCA Recovery Residence team for information or questions regarding the loan application process.