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NARR Levels I, II, III and IV should not be confused with terminology specific to the Florida Department of Children and Families – Substance Abuse licensure and regulation of behavioral healthcare providers. NARR Levels do not correspond to licensing categories as presented under Department Rule 65D-30 F.A.C.  NARR Levels I, II, III & IV clarify Consumer and Continuum of Care Coordinator expectations for services, support and supervision provided by a recovery residence certified to be compliant with the NARR Quality Standards and Code of Ethics.


Recovery Residence Levels of Support
Level I
Level II
Level III Supervised Level IV
Service Provider
Standards Criteria
  • Democratically run
  • Manual or P&P
  • House manager or senior resident
  • Policy and Procedures
  • Organizational hierarchy
  • Administrative oversight for service providers
  • Policy and Procedures
  • Licensing varies from state to state
  • Overseen organizational hierarchy
  • Clinical and administrative supervision
  • Policy and Procedures
  • Licensing varies from state to state
  • Drug screening
  • House meetings
  • Self help meetings encouraged
  • House rules provide structure
  • Peer run groups
  • Drug screening
  • House meetings
  • Involvement in self help and/or treatment services
  • Life skills development emphasis
  • Clinical services utilized in outside community
  • Service hours provided in house
  • Clinical services and programming are provided in house
  • Life skill development
  • Generally single family residences
  • Primarily single family residences
  • Possibly apartments or other dwelling types
  • Varies – all types of residential settings
  • All types – often a step down phase within care continuum of a treatment center
  • May be a more institutional in enivornment
  • No paid positions within the residence
  • Perhaps an overseeing officer
  • At least 1 compensated person
  • Facility manager
  • Certified staff or case managers
  • Credentialed staff
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