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Certified Recovery Residence Administrator (CRRA)

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The Florida Certification Board recently rolled out their newest certification – the Certified Recovery Residence Administrator or CRRA. We are proud to have developed a 100 hour curriculum to satisfy the educational requirements for this certification.

The CRRA certification is ideal for those who manage or perform a supervisory role at a Recovery residence. From day-to-day operations to the legal and ethical requirements of managing a recovery residence, CRRA candidates will understand the breadth of their responsibilities.

By completing this certification, CRRAs will have the knowledge to implement and comply with the National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR) Quality Standards and Code of Ethics for Level 1 – 4 Recovery Residences.

Candidates are required to show competence in the following performance domains:

  1. Recovery Residence Operations and Administration
  2. Maintaining the Physical Residence
  3. Resident Screening and Admissions
  4. Resident Recovery Support
  5. Legal, Professional and Ethical Responsibilities

Below, you’ll find more information on the educational requirements to become a CRRA.

CRRA Standards for Certification

Category: Requirement:
Degree: High School Diploma/GED or higher
Work Experience:

1,000 documented hours providing related recovery residence administrator, manager, or closely aligned recovery residence services.

Both paid and formal, volunteer work experience is eligible for certification purposes; however volunteer experience in the context of a mutual support type group is not eligible for certification purposes.

Supervision: Pending guidance from FCB
Training: 100 hours:

Class #1: Recovery Residence Operations and Administration: 20 hours

  • Ensure compliance with applicable and non-discriminatory federal and state laws
  • Implement and maintain resident financial policies that address sound accounting principles for documenting all resident financial transactions
  • Implement and maintain a records retention policy and procedure to ensure the residence maintains accurate and complete records of all resident charges, payments, deposits and refunds
  • Implement and maintain policies and procedures to ensure a separation between the employment of a resident by a recovery resident provider or staff and the employee’s continued residence in the recovery home.
  • Collect resident demographic information to inform continuous quality improvement.
  • Anticipate and respond appropriately to emergent issues, including employee issues, changes in rules and regulations, industry trends, and crisis/disaster events.
  • Participate in residence monitoring, review and/or audit actions by regulatory agencies

Class #2: Maintaining the Physical Residence: 20 hours

  • Maintain a physical environment that meets resident needs consistent with the recovery residence level of certification and/or license standards.
  • Maintain a recovery residence that provides an alcohol and illicit drug-free environment.
    Maintain a recovery residence that reflects the principles of a home-like environment that promotes community.
  • Implement and maintain “good neighbor” policies to ensure that the residence/residents is courteous and compatible with the neighborhood and responsive to neighbor concerns, including but not limited to smoking, loitering, parking, noise, lewd or offensive language, cleanliness, and interaction with neighbors/concerned parties.
  • Implement a property maintenance plan to proactively maintain both physical safety and a clean/orderly appearance of all physical properties.
  • Promote home and resident safety by implementing and maintaining safety and emergency policies and procedures to address resident health, smoking/fires, natural disasters, and crisis intervention.
  • Implement and promote peer governance of the residence in meaningful ways, such as resident established and implemented house rules, a residence council, leadership activities, and/or peer mentoring/role modeling.
  • Maintain a “functionally equivalent family” within the residence as evidenced by policies and procedures regarding resident involvement with food preparation, household chores, use of common areas, expenses, and planned house meetings.

Class #3: Resident Screening and Admissions: 10 hours

  • Implement and maintain policies and procedures that identify the residence’s priority population and screening criteria to ensure appropriateness of the applicant to the residence’s level of credentialing or license and offered recovery supports.
  • Ensure resident admission and orientation provides both oral and written explanations of agreements, policies, procedures, rights and requirements before the applicant is admitted/agrees to move into the recovery residence.
  • Implement and maintain a financial management policy and procedures that fully disclose all anticipated residence and third-party service providers fees, including deposits and/or refund policies for which the resident or responsible payer is/may be accountable.

Class #4: Residence Recovery Support: 30 hours

  • Ensure that resident recovery plans are developed based upon the needs and wants of the resident and are continually updated to reflect the resident’s current physical and mental needs and limitations.
  • Plan, implement and maintain principles of resident-driven length of stay, participation and recovery planning within the recovery residence environment.
  • Implement and maintain principles of self-directed, holistic, and recovery-oriented practices within the recovery residence.
  • Assist residents to develop and implement self-directed recovery plans.
  • Assist and motivate residents to access and successfully navigate the array of community resources and recovery support services available to achieve and maintain recovery.
  • Offer recovery support services in formal and informal settings, as appropriate to the residence level of certification or license.
  • Ensure that clinical services, if licensed and offered, are provided in accordance with state laws and administrative rules.
  • Implement and maintain residence policies that promote meaningful daily activities for all residents.
  • Assist residents to develop, implement and maintain skills and abilities to build desired life and/or wellness skills.
  • Connect residents to the local, greater recovery community.
  • Foster ethical, peer-based mutually supportive relationships between residents and staff as evidenced by policies and procedures that encourage residents to engage one another in formal and informal activities and conversations; and that coordinate community gatherings, recreational events or other social activities.

Class #5: Legal, Professional and Ethical Responsibilities: 20 hours

  • Uphold resident’s rights at all times.
  • Maintain resident’s confidentiality in accordance with state and federal laws, specifically 42 CFR and HIPAA.
  • Follow established professional codes of ethics and standards of practice in order to promote the best interests of the residents and of the profession.
  • Ensure the recovery residence is culturally responsive and competent as evidenced by written staffing plans that identify the residence’s priority population and their needs, and requires cultural responsiveness/competence training relevant to the priority populations needs.
  • Ensure marketing materials, claims, and advertising are honest, ethical, and substantiated.
  • Implement and maintain staffing and leadership policies and procedures.
    Recovery Residence Administrator (CRRA) Role Delineation Study (RDS) Report
  • Seek supervision, legal advice or other expert input as necessary and appropriate to competently perform as a recovery residence administrator.
Criminal Background:

Must pass a level 2 background screening per s. 397.4871(5), F.S.

Must read and sign an attestation agreeing to allow the FCB to conduct a random criminal history check to ensure compliance with the FCB Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct standards related to criminal activity.

Recommendations: 2 professional letters of recommendation for certification, 1 personal./character reference letter of recommendation.
Code of Ethics:  Applicants must attest that they are bound by and will follow the FCB Code of Ethics in their professional practice.
Written Test: Pending FCB Guidance
Renewal: 10 hours annually (June 30th) related to at least one of the CRRA performance domains.


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