Accreditation is a process in which an entity, separate and distinct from the health care organization, usually non-governmental, assesses the health care organization to determine if it meets a set of standards, and requirements designed to improve quality of care. This voluntary process provides a visible commitment by an organization to continually ensure a safe environment for its patients and staff.
Sober living homes are facing a huge hurdle. Communities, counties, and even state governments, are trying to put more and more restrictions on these unregulated facilities. They have good reason for concern. Many SLHs are managed by passionate, yet untrained house managers. Communities complain about loitering, alcohol and drug related overdoses, one sober living home owner has been charged with second degree murder due to the overdose of the client in the SLH. The result is non-supportive communities even to the extent those communities are trying enforce regulations that they well may not be legally able to enforce. For those making the effort to maintain recovery, the negative environment plays to their already low self-esteem, and hinders their efforts to recover.
For the sober living home owner, too much of their financial resources, and time is spent dealing with their own lives, the house manager, sober living home guests, community and governments. This takes their focus off managing and assisting their clients.
It is like the Wild West out there in the world of SLHs. Clients are simply not receiving the higher level of care they deserve, they are suffering, and so is the community. Why? Most sober living homeowners need to get educated about the field, and they also need assistance with resolving on-going city problems. Take into consideration the moratoriums many city council districts have placed on SLHs, or future SLHs that want to open, but cannot due to the moratorium.