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FARR Certified Residences ensure all owners, managers, and staff receive an orientation to the FARR’s Code of  Ethics and document their agreement to abide by these principles as a condition of employment 

This orientation includes confirmation that all owners, managers, and staff successfully complete FARR Ethics and FARR Standards training annually. Certified Recovery Residences must ensure each newly hired staff  member completes these two mandatory pieces of training within their first ninety (90) days of employment 

Where applicable, the professional staff at each site shall review all pertinent Codes of Ethics annually, and  attest in writing to their willingness to abide by the principles 

Certified Residences ensure that residents receive an orientation as to their rights and responsibilities upon admission, including their right to receive ethical care. Confirmation of this orientation must be documented  in each individual resident’s file 

Certified Residences ensure all residents are provided information during their orientation regarding the process and steps residents may take to report any ethical or standards violations. Confirmation of this orientation must be documented in each individual resident’s file 

The website of all Certified Residences must provide a prominently displayed link to the FARR Code of Ethics  and the FARR Grievance Form shall also be posted on the Certified Residences website or clearly linked to  same on the FARR website within thirty (30) days of issuance of the Certificate of Compliance 

FARR Certified Residences should ensure that no retribution, intimidation, or any negative consequences  shall occur if a grievance or complaint has been filed


While employed at any Certified Recovery Residence and after such employment ends, confidential information must never be disclosed except with the resident’s written authorization or as allowed under Federal and/or State law. No employee or volunteer of any FARR Certified Residence may use, or permit others to use, confidential information for the purpose of furthering a private interest or as a means of generating profit. The definition of confidential information is any information that has been entrusted and provided to  Recovery Residence management assumed and considered private.  


  1. The primary obligation of Owners, Managers, Staff, and Volunteers of Certified Residences is to respect the integrity and promote the welfare of the resident, whether the resident is assisted individually or in a community setting. In a  community setting, Owners, Managers, Staff, and Volunteers of Certified Residences are also responsible for taking  reasonable precautions to protect individuals from physical and/or psychological trauma resulting from interaction  within the Community 
  2. FARR Certified Residences shall ensure that in any community setting, staff, volunteers and visiting sponsors, recovery  coaches, and/or counselors set a norm of confidentiality regarding all community participants’ disclosures 
  3. FARR Certified Residences ensure that if a resident is or has been in a therapeutic relationship with a professional person or entity, staff attempts to make contact with that professional person or entity after obtaining proper releases for the exchange of relevant information from the resident. These contacts or attempts to contact must be documented in the resident record 
  4. When it has been determined that the Resident’s needs are not being met at the current level of care/support, the  Resident will receive the necessary assistance with residential placement in the appropriate level of care/ support. When it has been determined that the Resident’s needs are not being met at the current level of care/ support, the Resident will receive the necessary assistance with residential placement in the appropriate level of care/support. 
  5. Certified Residences should ensure that, if a resident’s condition indicates there is a clear and imminent danger to the  resident or others, staff (per Certified Residence policy and procedure) alert first responders to address danger and  risk and then apprise Recovery Residence supervisor/manager/administrator; staff should be trained to appreciate  any and all imminent harm potential is beyond the scope of the Recovery Residences level of support and must be  referred and deferred to professionals 
  6. Owners, Managers, Staff, and Volunteers of Certified Residences refrain from any practice of intimation, bullying, or  otherwise threatening or discriminatory behavior; relying instead upon the appropriate, consistent, and uniform application of written residence rules and consequences 
  7. No Owners, Managers, Staff, and Volunteers of Certified Residences will solicit or accept any commission, fee, or anything of monetary value from residents, other related persons, or referral sources, including, but not limited to, the  borrowing of money from a resident under any condition or circumstance (see Ethical Conflicts below) 
  8. Certified Residences ensure that if a resident’s condition deteriorates, i.e. relapse or psychological deterioration, referral and linkage to appropriate interventions will be made. 
  9. Certified Residences ensure fair and equitable financial policies and procedures pertaining to scholarships and repayment processes, i.e. 
  10. Scholarships: (Partial or Full) Residents are orientated to the type of scholarship and specifically what is and is not included in the scholarship. Orientation is acknowledged by the resident signature and documentation is maintained in the resident file. 
  11. Repayment Structure: Certified Residences that structure a payment plan for admission and/or ongoing fees should ensure the payment plan is fair and equitable, and the resident is afforded the financial means to personally care for repayment. 
  12. Fees should be renegotiable if the resident’s financial ability is altered and in no way inhibit the resident from seeking alternative employment which would strengthen their wellbeing. 


Certified Residences and their employees shall excuse themselves from taking an active part in the recovery  and/or treatment plans of relatives, close friends, and/or business acquaintances 

Certified Residences and their employees may participate in political activities on their own time and in accordance with their individual desires and preferences, but it must be clear at all times that they are doing so as  individuals and not as representatives of FARR or their organization unless specifically agreed to by FARR or  their Recovery Residence Administrator 

Certified Residences and their employees may not offer, pay, solicit, or receive any commission, bonus, rebate,  kick-back, or bribe, directly or indirectly, in cash or in-kind, or engage in any split fee arrangement, in any form whatsoever, to induce the referral or in return for the acceptance or acknowledgment of treatment, of patients or patronage to or from a health care provider or health care facility as defined in FS 817.505. licensable entities must remain compliant with defined by Section 397.321, F.S. and Rule 65D-30, F.A.C.

Certified Residences ensure that former clients are not be hired as an employee at any site unless a significant period of time has elapsed. At a minimum, a six (6) month prohibition period should be clearly stated in the  Certified Recovery Residences policy and procedures regarding employment of former clients 

Certified Residences ensure all program associates refrain from engaging in any non-therapeutic dual relationships for a minimum of 2 (two) years. If a more restrictive time frame is listed in an employee’s professional  ethics code, then that time frame shall apply 

Certified Residences shall not provide clinical or therapeutic interventions which are licensable under Chapter  65D-30, Florida Administrative Code without a license issued by the Department of Children and Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office


Owners, Managers, Staff, and Volunteers of Certified Residences having knowledge of unethical practices on  the part of another colleague shall report such practices to the Recovery Residence Administrator and/or, as  needed, to the colleague’s professional Ethics Board 

Owners, Managers, Staff, and Volunteers of Certified Residences should not use the workplace for proselytizing religious, political, or economic issues. However, faith-based programs are encouraged to share their personal  testimony and experience as a peer with residents who have elected to reside in the faith-based Certified Recovery Residence


Owners, Managers, Staff, and Volunteers of Certified Residences shall not knowingly make marketing claims or  create any advertising, or allow for any advertising to be created on their behalf, which contains 

  1. False or misleading statements or exaggerations; 
  2. Testimonials that do not really reflect the real opinion of the involved individual; 
  3. Price claims that are misleading; 
  4. Promotional offers designed to induce enrollment in exchange for free rent, air travel, grocery cards,  gym memberships, and/or other such “freebies” 
  5. Therapeutic strategies for which licensure and/or counseling certifications are required but not applicable at the Certified Recovery Residence. 


FARR Florida Association of Recovery Residences – Grievance Form

To File a Grievance

Please visit: https://www.farronline.info/grievance

If you have questions, comments, reports of incidents, or questions regarding this Policy, you may email us at info@allinsolutions.com or by US Mail:

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You may also contact us regarding further information about the use of this site.

Department of Health and Human Services
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Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
Bureau of Quality Assurance for Prevention and Treatment
State Health and Human Services

You may also address your complaint to one of the regional U.S Department of Health and Human Services Offices for Civil Rights. A list of these offices can be found online at: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/addresses.html