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Recovery residences

Learn about recovery residences and what the Health Care Authority is doing to fulfill the mandates from Second Substitute House Bill 1528 (HB1528).

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.

Substitute House Bill 1528

In 2019, the Legislature passed Second Substitute House Bill 1528 (HB1528). HB1528 mandates the Health Care Authority (HCA) to:

  • Create a registry of approved recovery residences in Washington.
  • Implement and manage a revolving loan fund to help recovery residences with operational needs.
  • Contract with the state affiliate of the nationally recognized recovery residence certification organization to provide technical assistance to upcoming and currently active recovery residences.

Revolving loan fund: Applications for the revolving loan fund will be available in October 2020.

Washington Alliance of Quality Recovery Residences (WAQRR)

In January 2020, the Health Care Authority (HCA) contracted with the Washington Alliance of Quality Recovery Residences (WAQRR), the state affiliate of the National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR). 

WAQRR helped in educating HCA staff on NARR’s mission and activities.

Advisory workgroup

HCA convened an advisory workgroup to specifically provide guidance and ideas in regards to the tasks mandated by HB1528. The workgroup decided to create a registry of recovery residences.

The registry of recovery residences includes:

  • Oxford house
  • Tribal recovery residences


Kira Schneider
Program manager