Advocacy Alert: SAMHSA Updates Best Practices for Recovery Housing Resource

September 14, 2023


On December 29, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (Public Law 117-328). Section 1232, Developing Guidelines for States to Promote the Availability of High-Quality Recovery Housing, requires best practices be made publicly available and published on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) website. The provision also directs that the guidelines must exclude best practices with respect to substance use disorder treatment services.

SAMHSA recently updated their best practices guide. This document updates SAMHSA’s 2018 document and outlines best practices for the implementation and operation of recovery housing. These best practices are intended to serve as a tool for states, governing bodies, providers, recovery house operators, and other interested stakeholders to improve the health of their citizens, reduce incidence of overdose, and promote recovery housing as a key support strategy in achieving and sustaining recovery.

Download the publication from SAMHSA's store.

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