Introduction

In 2017, legislation was passed amending the Substance Use Disorder Act to create a recovery residence registry that became effective January 1, 2019. This legislation defines “recovery residence” as a sober, safe and healthy living environment that promotes recovery from alcohol and other drug use and associated problems. As such, a recovery residence includes SUPR licensed Recovery Homes, Oxford Houses and other sober living environments that are independent living residences that only provide peer support and a lengthened exposure to the culture of recovery. The full text of this legislation can be found at ilga.gov

The intent of this new law is to provide a registry that will serve as a referral resource for individuals seeking continued recovery assistance. Note that all recovery residences will be listed in the registry regardless of filling out this form. However, this is an opportunity to provide additional information about your organization. All recovery residences are encouraged to complete the registration process below which is publicly available online at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=115597. The registry will indicate if the residence is licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) and will also specify any accreditation or certification that each recovery residence has received from an entity that has developed uniform national standards. While not required, all registrants are encouraged to seek licensure or national accreditation/certification as the registry will include a disclaimer that use of the registry does not constitute an endorsement by SUPR for residences that are not regulated.

In Illinois, recovery residence includes:
Recovery Homes, which are facilities licensed by SUPR to provide an alcohol and drug-free living environment for persons in early recovery from substance use, or individuals who recently completed substance use treatment at another licensed facility. 
Oxford Houses are (non-licensed) independent, supportive sober living environments that can be established by any individual in recovery.
Sober Living Homes are non-licensed, alcohol and drug-free living environments for individuals attempting to maintain abstinence from alcohol and drugs.

Please complete a separate form for each recovery residence, as each is listed separately on the registry. If the residence does not have an official name, use the street name instead. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Jennings at Jennifer.Jennings@Illinois.gov.

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