Volume XIV, Issue XIII - October 2020

From:  David T. Jones, Director
Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

IDHS/SUPR Recovery Residences Registry Has Been Moved!

The Illinois Department of Human Services/Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) Recovery Residence Registry has been moved to the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances at https://helplineil.org/ to streamline searches, rather than looking in a separate place for recovery residence information.

IDHS/SUPR introduced legislation in 2017 to assist providers and individuals who are seeking drug free housing. The Substance Use Disorder Act 20 ILCS 301/55-35 was amended to include a provision for a Recovery Residence Registry, which went into effect on January 1, 2019. The legislation can be found at https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=002003010K55-40.

The legislation defines "recovery residence" as a sober, safe and healthy living environment that promotes recovery from alcohol and other drug use and associated problems. The searchable registry includes SUPR licensed Recovery Homes, Oxford Houses, and other sober living environments that are independent living residences, providing peer support and promoting a culture of recovery.

With this addition to the Helpline, providers and individuals searching for services can better access the various types of services offered in Illinois to find the best fit for the individual's recovery journey.

As of October 18th, 2020, there have been 35,119 calls to the Helpline since it was launched in December 2017. There have been 198,781 web visits since the Helpline website launched in March 2018. For more information on demographics of individuals helped, please see the attached Helpline Infographic for Fiscal Year 2020.

To search for services from the Helpline website (https://helplineil.org/), click "Get Help" then "Search for Treatment." To directly search for only the Recovery Residences, click "If you already know what you are looking for, click here to search for services on your own" and select the service category of "Housing Services." (Direct link: https://helplineil.org/app/account/opa_result). This will allow you to choose Housing Continuum of Care (COC) Programs, Oxford Houses, Recovery Homes, and Sober Living Homes from the services drop-down.

Among the various types of recovery residences, IDHS/SUPR only licenses Recovery Homes. However, Oxford Houses have a charter and other types of recovery residences 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/). Therefore, the registry includes a disclaimer that use of the Recovery Residence Registry does not constitute an endorsement by SUPR for residences that are not regulated but does list those regulations for the convenience of potential residents and referral entities.

All known Recovery Residences have been added to the Helpline at this time. However, if you know of a Recovery Residence that is not listed, or the information for your Recovery Residence is inaccurate, please visit the Provider Portal at: https://helplineil.org/app/utils/login_form. The portal will connect you to Helpline staff who are ready to assist if you encounter any difficulty in adding or updating your Provider information. If you partner with a residence that is not listed, please invite them to use the Provider Portal to add their services to the list.

Please note that this is the responsibility of all providers to keep their information accurate and up to date, including changes in hours and telehealth services offered due to COVID-19.

If you have questions about the Recovery Residence Registry or recovery residences in general, please feel free to contact Kim Sriner, Statewide Coordinator of Residential Recovery Services, at Kimberly.Sriner@illinois.gov.