FARR Certification Inspector applicants are invited to participate in a classroom training to be held 9:00am to 11:30am, December 11th 2013 at the Hanley Resource Center in West Palm Beach. Field training commences at 8:30am the following morning and will conclude with a luncheon. We seek to attract volunteers from all population centers across Florida.
Once classroom & field training has been successfully completed, inspectors will be assigned to applicants based on geography to minimize travel. While a volunteer position, inspectors are compensated thirty-five ($35.00) dollars per location to offset their cost. Whenever possible, property inspections are scheduled for multiple locations the same day. On average, inspectors can anticipate $105.00 to $210.00 reimbursement per assignment.
Prior to scheduling property inspections, the FARR Certification process includes a thorough review of each applicant’s policies and procedures, intake process, house rules & consequences, chore distribution, recovery plan and safe discharge processes along with emergency and drug screening protocols. The training will cover these topics in depth. During the Hanley event, trainees will be introduced to our cloud-hosted, inspection application accessible through any web-enabled device, including smartphones. Volunteers should be comfortable navigating web applications on their phones.
Qualified candidates should possess a professional background in the field of recovery and may not currently own or be employed by a Florida Recovery Residence. Also excluded from participating are those who market products or services to recovery residences. While both may be ideally qualified from an experiential perspective, excluding these two profiles eliminates concerns regarding the integrity of our certification process. Recovery coaches, peer specialists, interventionists, substance abuse counselors, therapists, social workers, former recovery residence owners and managers, former parole and probation officers and others whose professional background affords them experience with transitional housing providers represent ideal candidates for FARR Certification Inspectors.
Our Code of Ethics and Standards are the bedrock upon which FARR is built. To date, we have certified a core group of twenty-three (23) quality operators from around the state who operate 131 homes hosting a total of 709 beds. We have attracted another twenty-seven (27) providers, operating 56 locations with 642 beds who have made application and are currently progressing through various stages of our certification process. As will be addressed during training, “good citizenship” and “good neighbor” practices are vital to our certification. FARR strongly encourages active, ongoing civic participation by our members and their residents. By far, the most effective means to address neighbor concerns is to demonstrate our resolve to be ‘the best house on the block’; helpful, respectful and considerate goes a long way towards earning trust.
The training will be presented by Jeff Christensen, Executive Director of The Sober Living Network (SLN) who has, for the last eight years, developed and maintained a standards-based training organization representing over 550 recovery residences throughout the Southern California region. SLN is one of the largest affiliates of the National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR) in the nation. The event is co-sponsored by the Hanley Center Foundation and Cashbox Solutions. Refreshments and snacks will be served to those in attendance. A camera crew from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) will film portions of the event for later use in the production of an on-demand webinar scheduled for release in late February, 2014.
Part of the Caron Treatment Centers nationwide network, Hanley Center is a nonprofit, private residential addiction treatment center headquartered in West Palm Beach, offering a broad spectrum of programs based on the most advanced research in the disease of addiction. From detoxification and medical stabilization to individualized treatment and continuing-care planning, Hanley Center prides itself on offering the most innovative and effective treatment programs designed by professional experts in their respective fields. Unique to the center is the “Hanley Model of Care,” which includes age and gender-specific treatment programs, including the Center for Older Adult Recovery and the Center for Boomer Recovery – programs that are specifically designed to address the unique challenges facing older adults and boomers. Now considered a pioneer in this age-specific treatment, Hanley Center is highly regarded as the premiere facility for aging populations. Its residential treatment campus provides a safe and supportive environment that encourages patients to begin the recovery journey with peers of their own age. For more information on Hanley Center, please call (866) 4HANLEY or visit www.hanleycenter.org. Like Hanley Center on Facebook or follow them on Twitter at @HanleyCenter.
Cashbox Solutions, a cloud-hosted software developer, introduced two payment system applications to the recovery industry at the NCAD in Orlando several years ago. The Recovery Residence Payment System (RRPS) and the Professional Services Payment System (PSPS) are each bundled with features specific to their individual markets. Providing a more functional and lower cost alternative to PayPal and Square, these systems allow users to accept payment through all payment channels, including face-to-face, telephone and web. Mobile transactions are also supported, providing access from any web-enabled device, including smartphones. A FARR Partner in Excellence, Cashbox remains committed to the support of FARR in its mission to build a strong coalition of quality operators throughout the state. To learn more about Cashbox, please call 888-374-2042 or visit www.gocashbox.com.
To register for this event, please visit http://info.farronline.org/december11rsvp. Reservation is strongly encouraged, as seating is limited to 150 persons. While this classroom session focuses on training FARR Certification Inspectors, by its very nature, it will also serve to educate those with an interest in learning more about the certification process. Attendees will likely include substance abuse treatment providers who often refer clients to recovery residences, recovery residence owners and operators, local and state level officials responsible for zoning and community resources, as well as judicial and law enforcement personnel concerned with the well-being and safety of the public at large.