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Recovery Residences: Score Another Win for Self-Regulation!


As the debate in Tallahassee continues on how best to address what is commonly referred to as “The Sober Home Problem”, FARR remains steadfast in its resolve to build alliances

 with local governments, social services organizations, substance abuse treatment providers and industry professionals throughout the state.  As these alliances mature, joint announcements will be forthcoming. For now, it’s important that we focus on the steps we have taken to ensure the integrity of the FARR Certification process.

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The FARR Advisory Board implemented additional standards at their last meeting on November 13, 2013 specifically and prescriptively addressing three items of particular concern to all stakeholders:

  1. Drug screening insurance claim submission abuses that have long been the topic of hushed conversations along the corridors of Florida substance abuse treatment providers and recovery residences alike. (Please see standard 4.10
  2. The subject of “rent assistance” wherein a licensed substance abuse treatment provider offers to pay their client’s rent in the recovery residence while they remain enrolled in that provider’s IOP program. (Please see standard 1.11
  3. The practice of some recovery residences of paying for referrals or accepting payment for referrals from licensed treatment providers. (Please see standard 1.11

The next step is to launch the FARR Certification Inspector training to be held at the Hanley Resource Center from 9:00am to 11:30am on December 11th, 2013. This is the first in a series of FARR Trainings co-sponsored by The Hanley Center and Cashbox Solutions. We have invited industry professionals to participate in the infrastructure of our certification process. Who better to serve as FARR Inspectors than those who ultimately refer residents to these housing providers?

FARR is thankful to Mr. Neal McGarry, CEO of the Florida Certification Board, and his staff for their help in getting the word out regarding this training to 10,000 industry professionals throughout the state. The response has been tremendous. As of this date, 105 of the 150 seats have been reserved and we anticipate a full house on December 11th. Many of those attending are travelling from as far away as the Florida panhandle and will be required to spend the night so that they can also participate in the field training scheduled for the morning of December 12th in Delray Beach.

FARR has made discounted room arrangements with two hotels near the Hanley Resource Center to help accommodate these individuals.

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Springhill Suites (Marriot) is located at 2437 Metrocentre Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33407, phone 561-689-6814 and the group name is “FARR Inspector Training”.




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The Hyatt Place is located at 295 Lakeview Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, phone 561-655-1454 (calling is recommended) and the promo code is “HNLY”.



Anyone who plans to stay overnight may contact these providers directly to make arrangements for their stay.

FARR will hold a dinner event at Cheesecake Factory located in City Place (West Palm Beach) for overnight guests. If you would like to be included, please call Whitney Lehman at 561-299-0405 or send her an email with the headcount for your group so that we can arrange for adequate seating. If you would like to be included as a sponsor for this dinner, please let her know that as well. Sponsors will divide the cost of the event equally; not to exceed $200.00 per sponsor.

If you haven’t yet reserved your seat and plan to attend, we highly recommend you visit the RSVP page to reserve your seat immediately. The reservation list will be used to sign in attendees at the door between the 8:15am and 9:00am. Once capacity has been reached, we will be unable to grant access to the Resource Center.  FARR plans to convert this training into a webinar early in 2014, providing future trainees the opportunity to complete classroom training online and also provide other interested parties with a clear, comprehensive view of the FARR Certification process.

Self-regulation is not a euphemism for no regulation. Nor is it a process by which one colleague scratches the back of another. Self-regulation is a process whereby a group of experienced and knowledgeable individuals holds one another accountable to a uniform code of ethics and set of standards designed to protect the residents, providers and communities they serve. FARR is committed to fulfilling this mission.