WHY BECOME a CCORR 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 sober living home 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 sober living home 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.
Sober Livings 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.
Sober Livings are guided by the CCORR standards that established best practices for maintaining the safety and health of the occupants, the local neighborhood, and the larger community. CCORR certified sober living homes 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.
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 recognition by the state of Connecticut and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services certification to CCORR Standards may apply online above.
There are two parts to CCORR certification: Home Inspection and Owner and Manager training.
1. Attend manager and owner training
2. Download INSPECTION CHECKLIST to be used for your guidance. Upload the required documents found in the pre-inspection checklist to or make copies for the inspector to take with him. Please refer to our standards page or call 203-339-1191 for support in answering the questions
3. Complete the online INSPECTION APPLICATION (above).
5. Schedule inspection with Lisa at
6. Receive PASS / FAIL REPORT
7. If you are succussful, congratulations! Maintain Standards and always be TOUR READY. If your home recieves a fail, please make the necessary repairs and arrange for the inspector to return.
Supporting documentation uploaded during the application process is carefully reviewed by staff for evidence of compliance with the CCORR Standard. the inspector 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, the inspector assess compliance, under each of the Standard domains, to ensure the residence offers safe, dignified, structured and 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.