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FARR Conference Highlights Challenges Facing Recovery Residences and Florida Addiction Treatment Providers

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New Leadership Association Hosts Panel Discussion on Responsible Drug-Test Screening



BOCA RATON, FL, July 28, 2014/ — “Sober Homes” continue to be a hot topic in Florida. Many believe this sector should be licensed and regulated. Others suggest that legislative oversight infringes on protections provided under the FHAA (Fair Housing Amendments Act) and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). The Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) continues its decisive standing as the leading voice for recovery residences in Florida by certifying residences to standards developed by National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR).

Its first annual leadership conference on August 5th, being held as a preconference workshop for the FADAA (Florida Alcohol and Drug Administration) Conference which follows immediately from August 6th to 8th, will address the adoption of a uniform code of ethics and operational standards, a brief history covering their development and will explore key issues faced by providers operating within this sector. The development of responsible drug screening practices is one such issue that impacts the entire continuum of care, from medical detox through recovery residences.

“Responsible operators in all sectors are currently challenged by competitive forces originating from unethical providers who indulge in practices designed to maximize revenues from insurance reimbursements,” said John Lehman, President/CEO of the three-year-old association. “This panel discussion will directly address these Schrankissues and allow adequate time for audience participation.” In his Keynote, Joe Schrank, co-founder of The Fix, Rebound Brooklyn and the Loft 127, will address the inherent worth of peer supportive housing, the intrinsic value of recovering people taking ownership of their own chronic care management and the need for the broader community to rally behind those on the front lines of the real war on drugs; the war to support recovery.

Lehman and his board have designed the agenda to address specific industry concerns and consolidate a unified ‘voice of recovery’ on the controversial issues facing the treatment community in Florida today.


“FARR is engaged in an important new era poised for a year of visible action in this combustible arena,” said Lehman from his Boca Raton office as he finalized preparations. “We needed to come together and that unity will be evident in Orlando next week. What FARR now offers to both its Certified Residences and Partners in Excellence will be highly visible over four days, given its commitment to the FADAA summit that follows. The week in general will showcase our strategic alliances as we continue this battle to provide quality services and educate not only our members, but the general public, about how recovery residences can work with our politicians and civic groups to endorse best practices throughout the state.”

One clear, unifying objective ties FARR members together: a strong commitment to providing addicted persons, and those important to them, with a new chance at a sober, clean, productive life.

“We believe that everyone benefits from the unity of a strong and enlightened membership. Leadership is about empowering the “good guys” to take an active role in advocating for quality treatment and housing” said Lehman as he concluded intensive preparations.  “This is something I believe is of exceptional value to any professional in the industry, and I am proud that FARR is taking a practical lead on these issues” he concluded.


Registration Details
The inaugural FARR Annual conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando on August 5th from 8 am to 5 pm.

Registration is $95.00 and can be completed online at

Stephen Cooke, NAATP

Phone       646 717 3894



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