We are dedicated to the safety and health of those who need or already reside in, own, or operate quality sober living homes in New England. We further believe sober living home owners and managers, families and friends need education about addiction and recovery and offer informative forums.

WHY BECOME a certified Recovery Residence

The purpose of a recovery residence is to provide a safe and healthy living environment to initiate and sustain recovery—defined as abstinence from alcohol and other non-prescribed drug use and improvement in one’s physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being. Individuals build resources while living in a recovery residence that will continue to support their recovery as they transition to living independently and productively in the community. CCORR values this system. CCORR's position is to identify how and exactly what each residence provides so that the consumer, the person new to recovery, can choose the correct level of service needed and be protected by the promise of our rigorous ethical standards. 


Recovery residences are divided into Levels of Support based on the type as well as the intensity and duration of support that they offer. Services provided span from peer-to-peer recovery support (all recovery residences) to medical and counseling services (recovery residences offering higher levels of support). The CCORR Standards define minimum services for each Level of Support, but additional services may be provided at each level. Section 5 of the CCORR Standards details the minimum required service elements for each Level of Support.


Recovery residences are guided by the CCORR standards that established best practices for maintaining the safety and health of the residents, the local neighborhood, and the larger community. CCORR certified recovery residences meet standards addressing safety from an administrative, operational, property, and good neighbors perspective and the consumer to understand and choose which residence is suitable for his or her needs.

The CCORR HOME Certification Process


Certification is a consultative process. It begins with a thorough review of the CCORR Standard by the prospective applicant. Parties who desire to voluntarily submit for certification to this Standard may apply online. Begin by clicking on the our dynamic online pre-inspection checklist. There you will find specific questions for the applicant organization.

1. Attend manager and owner training


2. Download PRE-INSPECTION CHECKLIST (above) to be used for your guidance only.

Follow the directions to complete the pre-inspection list. Upload the required documents found in the pre-inspection checklist to Lisa.Ferguson@CCORR.org or make copies and mail to Lisa Ferguson, 23 Elmwood Way, Clinton, CT 06413. please refer to our standards page for support in answering the questions 

3. Complete the online INSPECTION APPLICATION.

5. Schedule inspection at lisa.ferguson@CCORR.org 


8. Maintain Standards and always be TOUR READY

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Supporting documentation uploaded during the application process is carefully reviewed by staff for evidence of compliance with the CCORR Standard. Utilizing proprietary software designed for this specific purpose, staff flags standards that are successfully satisfied as well as those that raise concern. The applicant’s primary contact then receives notification regarding any issues that require resolution prior to scheduling the onsite visit.

CCORR requires unrestricted access to interview management, staff and residents to ensure that policies, procedures and protocols are, in fact, implemented in the residential setting. Utilizing the same proprietary software, field staff assess compliance, under each of the Standard domains, to ensure the residence offers safe, dignified, alcohol & drug free, recovery supportive housing that blends into the surrounding community.

Upon completion of the compliance review and after the remaining steps have been satisfied, including owner, manager & staff training, CCORR issues a Certificate of Compliance. Applicants are required to embed on their website a link to the CCORR Grievance Form and to post “Resident Rights & Responsibilities” in each location. Audit & grievance inspections may be conducted without advanced notice at any time to ensure continued compliance.