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The Recovery Residence Alliance Montana (RRAM) is recognized as a certifying organization for recovery homes by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services and the state of Montana. In addition, RRAM is the official Montana state affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR).


RRAM's network of certified recovery home operators provides the highest level of service to their residents in the state of Montana. The review process is meant for homes that meet the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) definition of recovery housing. 

Recovery Housing in Montana - RRAM

Step 1 

Determine Support Level

Identify the level of support that best

describes your recovery residence:

Peer-run | Monitored | Supervised | Service provider

What to expect: Document Review

When going through the document review step of certification for your recovery home, you can expect a thorough and detailed process designed to ensure your policies and procedures meet the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) Version 3.0 standards and the Recovery Residence Alliance of Montana (RRAM) standards. Here’s a step-by-step overview of what you can expect:

1. Submission of Required Documents

You will need to gather and submit various documents that are crucial for the certification process. These typically include:

  • Location Documents: General liability insurance, evacuation maps, owner acknowledgment letters, self-safety assessments, and any required licenses.

  • Policy and Procedure Manual: Documents like the Code of Ethics, confidentiality policies, discharge procedures, drug testing policies, emergency procedures, financial control policies, good neighbor policies, and others as specified.

  • Program Documents: Marketing materials, proof of legal business entity, and other supportive documents.

  • Resident Orientation Handbook: Policies and procedures that orient residents to the program, including community resources, house rules, grievance procedures, and more.

  • Staffing Documents: Background screening policies, staff codes of conduct, development plans, job descriptions, and wellness policies.

2. Initial Review

An initial review will be conducted by the certifying body to ensure all required documents are submitted and are complete. If any documents are missing or incomplete, you will be notified to provide the necessary documents.

3. Detailed Document Analysis

Each document will be reviewed in detail against the NARR and RRAM standards. Here’s what the reviewers will look for:

  • Compliance: Ensuring your documents meet the required standards.

  • Areas Needing Clarification: Identifying parts of your documents that need more detail or clarity.

  • Non-Compliance: Highlighting areas where your documents do not meet the standards.

  • Omissions: Detecting any missing policies or procedures that are required for certification.

4. Feedback and Recommendations

You will receive a detailed report categorizing the findings under compliance, areas needing clarification, non-compliance, and omissions. The report will include specific examples from your documents to support each finding and provide suggestions for improvement.

5. Opportunity to Revise and Resubmit

Based on the feedback, you will have the opportunity to revise and update your documents. It’s essential to address all areas needing clarification, non-compliance issues, and omissions as highlighted in the report. After making the necessary revisions, you can resubmit the documents for a follow-up review.

6. Follow-Up Review

The revised documents will undergo a follow-up review to ensure all issues have been addressed. This step is crucial to verify that the updated documents now meet the required standards.

7. Final Approval

Once your documents pass the follow-up review, you will receive final approval for the document review step of the certification process. This approval indicates that your policies and procedures align with NARR and RRAM standards.

8. Onsite Visit (if applicable)

Depending on the level of support your recovery home provides (Levels 1-4), an onsite visit may be scheduled to verify that the physical environment and daily operations match the standards outlined in your documents.

Tips for Success

  • Be Thorough and Detailed: Ensure your documents are comprehensive and provide all necessary details.

  • Follow the Guidelines: Use the NARR and RRAM standards as a checklist to prepare your documents.

  • Seek Assistance if Needed: If you’re unsure about any part of the process, seek guidance from the certifying body or a consultant familiar with the standards.

  • Be Responsive to Feedback: Address all feedback promptly and thoroughly to avoid delays in the certification process.

By following these steps and preparing thoroughly, you can navigate the document review step efficiently and move closer to achieving certification for your recovery home.

Hi! I'm Standards Slayer, a specialized version of ChatGPT designed to assist in the document review process for recovery residence certification. My primary function is to ensure that the policies and procedures of recovery residences align with the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) Version 3.0 standards and the Recovery Residence Alliance of Montana (RRAM) standards.

Here's what I can do for you:

  1. Document Analysis:

    • Review Applications: Analyze recovery residence applications to understand details such as NARR Level of Support (1-4), the number of homes and beds, location, and staff information.

    • Evaluate Policies and Procedures: Examine documents like the 'Code of Ethics' to ensure compliance with NARR/RRAM standards, identifying areas that meet standards, need clarification, or are non-compliant.

    • Identify Omissions: Detect any missing elements in the documentation required for certification or recertification.

  2. Reporting:

    • Compliance Summary: Provide a detailed report categorizing findings under compliance, areas needing clarification, non-compliance, and omissions.

    • Examples and Suggestions: Include specific examples from the recovery home’s policies to support findings and offer suggestions for improvement.

  3. Customization Based on NARR Level:

    • Tailored Analysis: Adjust the analysis based on the NARR level of support the recovery home is applying for, focusing on criteria relevant to that level.

  4. Guidance and Recommendations:

    • Best Practices: Offer recommendations based on best practices to help recovery residences improve their policies and procedures.

My goal is to streamline the certification process, ensuring that recovery residences provide safe, healthy, and supportive environments for individuals in recovery. If you have specific documents or sections you need analyzed, feel free to upload them, and I'll get started!



Peer-Run recovery residences are operated by the residents themselves, with no external management or oversight from outside sources.


Supervised recovery residences have more intense levels of oversight than monitored residences and require residents to adhere to strict guidelines.


Monitored recovery residences have a staff who oversees operations, provides guidance and support, and ensures that all tenants are following rules.


Service provider recovery residences are typically operated by organizations or corporations. and offer a wide range of services and activities for their residents. 

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