Volume XII, Issue XL - May 2019

From: Danielle L. Kirby, Director
Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery


The Illinois Department of Human Services/Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) introduced legislation in 2018 to assist providers and individuals seeking housing that is free from alcohol and illicit drugs. The Substance Use Disorder Act 20 ILCS 301/55-35 was amended to include a provision for a Recovery Residences Registry, which went into effect on January 1, 2019. IDHS/SUPR is collecting a comprehensive list and description of the recovery residences in Illinois for the Recovery Residences Registry through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RR2019.

The legislation defines "recovery residence" as a sober, safe and healthy living environment that promotes recovery from alcohol and other illicit drug use and associated problems. The searchable registry includes IDHS/SUPR licensed Recovery Homes, Oxford Houses and other non-licensed sober living environments. Recovery residences provide peer support and promote a culture of recovery. Among these types of recovery residences, IDHS/SUPR only licenses Recovery Homes. Oxford Houses are recovery residences that are based on a national model of democratically run, self-supporting and drug free homes, which obtain a charter from the national organization Oxford House, Inc. Other recovery residences, like sober living homes, may possess other accreditation or certification from an entity that has developed uniform national standards, such as the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (https://narronline.org). The Recovery Residences Registry includes a disclaimer that the use of the Registry does not constitute an endorsement by IDHS/SUPR for residences that are not regulated but does list those residences for the convenience of potential residents and referral entities. The Recovery Residence Registry is available at: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=115597.

All recovery residences that come to IDHS/SUPR's attention will be listed in the registry. The registration process allows recovery residences to update their information and to make sure they are listed correctly on the registry. The results from the survey will also help IDHS/SUPR learn more about recovery residences in Illinois, especially in understanding capacity and support for Medication Assisted Treatment. If you partner with a residence that is not listed, please invite them to complete the survey and/or contact Jennifer.jennings@illinois.gov to list the organization.

If you are interested in reading the legislation, please use this link: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=002003010K55-35.