Frequently Asked Questions
Last Updated: September 30, 2020
The global coronavirus pandemic has raised unique questions from recovery housing operators. There is much information out there, but questions remain on exactly how recovery housing operators should adjust their policies and practices in response. This document includes frequently asked questions and responses, based on the most recent best practice advice from national, state and local experts. We will do our best to update this guidance as needed as the situation develops.
We are in unprecedented and uncertain times. The situation changes rapidly, and it is possible that new recommendations and resources may become available. Operators must examine information provided by trusted sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Indiana State of Department of Health (ISDH), Department of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA), along with this document and consider the individual needs of their residents.
These are challenging times, and the decisions that recovery housing operators need to make are difficult. It is normal to feel stress, anxiety and sadness during this time. Recovery homes are critical parts of the continuums of care for people with substance use disorders, they are also critical parts of or neighborhoods and communities. By being thoughtful, supportive and reasonable during these times, you will be demonstrating to your residents and your communities the core values of recovery housing, and further demonstrating how recovery housing is a critical asset for any neighborhood or community.
This frequently asked questions guide is not intended to replace the advice of legal counsel or serve as medical recommendations or clinical guidance for substance abuse disorder treatment professionals. It is based on best practice guidance that has been provided up to the date of publication. The exact implementation of these responses will vary depending on the exact structure of your home and the Level of Support available in your home.