As a NARR (National Alliance of Recovery Residences) affiliate, the Missouri Coalition of Recovery Support Providers (MCRSP) is committed to maintaining high standards of professionalism within our network of housing providers. MCRSP is now offering workshops as a way of promoting excellence in sober housing in Missouri. The application of each MCRSP/NARR standard will be provided through the workshop covering the following information:
ü an historical overview about sober housing and the need for this housing;
ü a brief introduction to the Fair Housing Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, state and local regulations;
ü supportive recovery vs. treatment;
ü things to consider prior to opening a home such as population served, costs and resources required, skill sets for those involved;
ü informational materials will include: applications and admissions; MCRSP/NARR Quality Assurance Standards; resident agreements and residential rules; supervising the residence; management skills; recovery or treatment activities that cross the line; resolving disputes; details—telephone access and use, drug testing, curfews, medications;
ü recovery activities, problem residents, drug testing;
ü working with the community and referral sources.
About the trainer: Merna Eppick: Merna is currently President of Simmering Center in Branson, Missouri, which includes a MCRSP-NARR accredited sober living facility for men and women and President of the Recovery Coalition of the Ozarks. Merna has an extensive history of operating and developing oversight and standards for structured sober housing. In addition to working for various treatment programs and for both men and women’s sober living in Southern California, Merna was employed as a Field Organizer, for the Sober Living Network in the Los Angeles area, helping to develop sober living facilities.