NHCORR Certification FAQ

Why should I apply to have my Recovery Residence certified?


There are several benefits of certification through NHCORR: -Listing on the NHCORR website -Ability to market your house as NHCORR certified -Referrals from State Agencies -NHCORR representation on recovery residence issues and legislation at zoning board, town meeting, and legislative committee meetings -Training and education events -Be part of a community of recovery residence operators in the state and nationally -Updates on best practices and standards -Access to impartial complaint mediation process -Connection to the National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR)




How long does the application process take?


The timing for certification is mostly driven by the applicant. We want to be clear that gathering your documents to prove the NHCORR standards is a significant amount of work, but we are here to support you in that process. Certification can be obtained as quickly as one month from the date of your application. However, many applicants take a little more time to develop and gather their documentation. Certification involves the following steps: -Initial site visit to review the process and tour facility -Gathering and submission of documents -Review and revision of documents -Final verification site visit and walkthrough




How much does certification cost?


The certification of the first designated recovery home is $275. Any additional home after that will be $100.




How long does certification last?


Certification lasts one year and must be renewed annually.




Does NHCORR inspect the recovery residences?


NHCORR conducts on-site evaluations to ensure that the residence meets NHCORR standards.




Do residents need to be present during the on-site review?


No. Residents do not need to be present during the on-site review. However, it is encouraged that members of your house participate in the discussion during the onsite review.




Are there templates of the required written policies?


Yes. The NHCORR Standard Guide provides sample documents and other links to assist you in the preparation of your documents.




Is there technical assistance for the certification process?


Yes. NHCORR is always available to answer your questions and will provide a Certification Workbook to guide you through the process. Contact us at 603-715-1514 or via email at admin@nhcorr.org.




What is the National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR)?


The National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR) is a national organization that develops and maintains national quality standards. Its mission is to support persons in recovery from addiction by improving their access to quality recovery residences through standards, support services, placement, education, research and advocacy. NHCORR is the state affiliate to the National Alliance of Recovery Residences. NHCORR certified homes meet the standards set by NARR. There is only one national standard, and NHCORR is responsible for developing and maintaining a process that verifies that certified homes meet that standard in New Hampshire. Learn More About NARR




What happens if I am denied certification?


Remember that our goal is to see houses meet the nationally accepted standards of best practices for recovery residences, and NHCORR will provide all the technical assistance required to help you achieve certification. However, from time to time, a recovery residence operator and the certification specialist may disagree about a standard and certification would be denied. All applicants have a right to a fair hearing in accordance with DHHS regulations.





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