FARR Certified Residences ensure all owners, managers and staff receive an orientation to the FARR’s Code of
Ethics and document their agreement to abide by these principles as a condition of employment
This orientation includes confirmation that all owners, managers and staff successfully complete FARR Ethics
and FARR Standards training annually. Certified Recovery Residences must ensure each newly hired staff
member completes these two mandatory trainings within their first ninety (90) days of employment
Where applicable, the professional staff at each site shall review all pertinent Codes of Ethics annually, and
attest in writing to their willingness to abide by the principles
Certified Residences ensure that residents receive an orientation as to their rights and responsibilities upon
admission, including their right to receive ethical care. Confirmation of this orientation must be documented
in each individual resident’s file
Certified Residences ensure all residents are provided information during their orientation regarding the process
and steps residents may take to report any ethical or standards violations. Confirmation of this orientation
must be documented in each individual resident’s file
The website of all Certified Residences must provide a prominently displayed link to the FARR Code of Ethics
and the FARR Grievance Form shall also be posted on the Certified Residences website or clearly linked to
same on the FARR website within thirty (30) days of issuance of the Certificate of Compliance
FARR Certified Residences should ensure that no retribution, intimidation, or any negative consequences
shall occur if a grievance or complaint has been filed


While employed at any Certified Recovery Residence and after such employment ends, confidential information
must never be disclosed except with the resident’s written authorization or as allowed under Federal
and/or State law. No employee or volunteer of any FARR Certified Residence may use, or permit others to
use, confidential information for the purpose of furthering a private interest or as a means of generating
profit. The definition of confidential information is any information that has been entrusted and provided to
Recovery Residence management assumed and considered private.


1. The primary obligation of Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences is to respect the integrity
and promote the welfare of the resident, whether the resident is assisted individually or in a community setting. In a
community setting, Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences are also responsible for taking
reasonable precautions to protect individuals from physical and/or psychological trauma resulting from interaction
within the Community
2. FARR Certified Residences shall ensure that in any community setting, staff, volunteers and visiting sponsors, recovery
coaches and/or counselors set a norm of confidentiality regarding all community participants’ disclosures
3. FARR Certified Residences ensure that if a resident is or has been in a therapeutic relationship with professional person
or entity, staff attempts to make contact with that professional person or entity after obtaining proper releases
for the exchange of relevant information from the resident. These contacts or attempts to contact must be documented
in the resident record
4. When it has been determined that the Resident’s needs are not being met at the current level of care/support, the
Resident will be receive the necessary assistance with residential placement in the appropriate level of care/
support. When it has been determined that the Resident’s needs are not being met at the current level of care/
support, the Resident will be receive the necessary assistance with residential placement in the appropriate level of
5. Certified Residences should ensure that, if a resident’s condition indicates there is a clear and imminent danger to the
resident or others, staff (per Certified Residence policy and procedure) alert first responders to address danger and
risk and then apprise Recovery Residence supervisor/manager/administrator; staff should be trained to appreciate
any and all imminent harm potential is beyond the scope of the Recovery Residences level of support and must be
referred and deferred to professionals
6. Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences refrain from any practice of intimation, bullying or
otherwise threatening or discriminatory behavior; relying instead upon the appropriate, consistent and uniform application
of written residence rules and consequences
7. No Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences will solicit or accept any commission, fee, or anything
of monetary value from residents, other related persons, or referral sources, including, but not limited to, the
borrowing of money from a resident under any condition or circumstance (see Ethical Conflicts below)
8. Certified Residences ensure that if a resident’s condition deteriorates, i.e. relapse or psychological deterioration, referral
and linkage to appropriate interventions will be made.
9. Certified Residences ensure fair and equitable financial policies and procedures pertaining to scholarships and repayment
processes, i.e.
a. Scholarships: (Partial or Full) Residents are orientated to the type of scholarship and specifically what is and is
not included in the scholarship. Orientation is acknowledged by resident signature and documentation is
maintained in the resident file.
b. Repayment Structure: Certified Residences who structure a payment plan for admission and/or ongoing fees
should ensure the payment plan is fair and equitable, and the resident is afforded the financial means to personally
care for repayment.
c. Fees should be renegotiable if the resident’s financial ability is altered and in no way inhibit the resident from
seeking alternative employment which would strengthen their wellbeing.


Certified Residences and their employees shall excuse themselves from taking an active part in the recovery
and/or treatment plans of relatives, close friends, and/or business acquaintances
Certified Residences and their employees may participate in political activities on their own time and in accordance
with their individual desires and preferences, but it must be clear at all times that they are doing so as
individuals and not as representatives of FARR or their organization unless specifically agreed to by FARR or
their Recovery Residence Administrator
Certified Residences and their employees may not offer, pay, solicit, or receive any commission, bonus, rebate,
kick-back, or bribe, directly or indirectly, in cash or in-kind, or engage in any split fee arrangement, in any form
whatsoever, to induce the referral or in return for the acceptance or acknowledgment of treatment, of patients
or patronage to or from a health care provider or health care facility as defined in FS 817.505. licenseable entities
must remain compliant with defined by Section 397.321, F.S. and Rule 65D-30, F.A.C.
Certified Residences ensure that former clients are not be hired as an employee at any site unless a significant
period of time has elapsed. At a minimum, a six (6) month prohibition period should be clearly stated in the
Certified Recovery Residences policy and procedures regarding employment of former clients
Certified Residences ensure all program associates refrain from engaging in any non-therapeutic dual relationships
for a minimum of 2 (two) years. If a more restrictive time frame is listed in an employee’s professional
ethics code, then that time frame shall apply
Certified Residences shall not provide clinical or therapeutic interventions which are licensable under Chapter
65D-30, Florida Administrative Code without a license issued by the Department of Children and Families, Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Program Office
Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences having knowledge of unethical practices on
the part of another colleague shall report such practices to the Recovery Residence Administrator and/or, as
needed, to the colleague’s professional Ethics Board
Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences should not use the workplace for proselytizing
religious, political, or economic issues. However, faith-based programs are encouraged to share their personal
testimony and experience as a peer with residents who have elected to reside in the faith-based Certified Recovery


Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences shall not knowingly make marketing claims or
create any advertising, or allow for any advertising to be created on their behalf, which contain
A. False or misleading statements or exaggerations;
B. Testimonials that do not really reflect the real opinion of the involved individual;
C. Price claims that are misleading;
D. Promotional offers designed to induce enrollment in exchange for free rent, air travel, grocery cards,
gym member-ships and/or other such “freebies”
E. Therapeutic strategies for which licensure and/or counseling certifications are required but not applicable
at the Certified Recovery Residence.