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We Are Virginia’s Unified Voice for Recovery Housing

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Providing the Highest Level of Service to Residents

“We are Virginia’s Unified Voice for Recovery Housing”

As the Virginia state affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR), VARR monitors, evaluates, and improves standards to build the highest level of quality for recovery residences; so all Virginian’s have timely access to effective recovery support services.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to set high levels of standards for quality recovery residences in Virginia and accredit residences that meet such rigorous criteria in order to support persons in recovery with information and access to recovery residences bound together by the core principles of standards, ethics, and unity.

Providing the Highest

Level of Service for Residents

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Certified Recovery Residences

As a credentialing entity for state certification through the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), VARR certifies recovery residences around the NARR Standards and a Social Model of Recovery. VARR members provide the highest level of service to their residents in the state of Virginia. A “recovery residence” denotes a safe and healthy residential environment in which skills vital for sustaining recovery are learned and practiced in a home-like setting, based on Social Model principles. The Social Model is fundamental to all levels of recovery residences and is operationalized by the NARR Standards. Social Model philosophy promotes norms that reinforce healthy living skills and associated values, attitudes, and connection with self and community for sustaining recovery. 

What We Do

  1. Create, monitor, evaluate, and continually improve recovery residence standards and measures of quality.

2. Accredit recovery residences who meet criteria and standards of VARR.

3. A voice for social model recovery programs in Virginia, which includes recovery treatment programs that provide housing to clients.

4. Ensure ethical practices by members.

5. Maintain a forum for exchanging ideas, lending support, problem solving, and developing new and existing residential programs.

6. Provide community education and member training that enhances competency and individual growth of residents, their families, and peer recovery supports along with facility staff, volunteers and others in the recovery community.

7. Promote recovery within the community.

8. Ensure quality and safe recovery residences, through our annual
re-accreditation processes.

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