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Sober/Transitional Living Facility Resources - Georgia

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Frequently Asked Questions

Overview

1. What kinds of facilities require a license?

Any substance abuse facility which offers treatment services for substance abuse requires a license from Georgia Department of Community Health. Substance abuse facilities are licensed according to the level of care and services they are capable of providing to their clients and different regulators govern different types of services.  View More

2. What kinds of facilities provide addiction services in Georgia?

The following programs offer treatment and education services to alcohol and drug addicted individuals in Georgia.  View More

3. What does it mean to be 'licensed' or 'accredited' in this industry?

Licensing means that the facility has been granted a written notice conveying to the public that the regulator has issued its permission to operate authorized services. View More

4. What are the staffing requirements of a substance abuse facility?

Facilities must ensure adequate staff to meet client needs, and that individuals employed are appropriately vetted to insure they do not pose a risk to clients. View More

5. Are there any other organizations where we could find more information?

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

http://www.samhsa.gov/  View More

Treatment/Rehabilitation Programs

Overview

6. What kinds of facilities require a license?

Any substance abuse facility which offers treatment services for substance abuse requires a license from Georgia Department of Community Health. View More

7. What kinds of facilities provide addiction services in Georgia?

The following programs offer treatment and education services to alcohol and drug addicted individuals in Georgia. View More

8. What does it mean to be 'licensed' or 'accredited' in this industry?

Licensing means that the facility has been granted a written notice conveying to the public that the regulator has issued its permission to operate authorized services. View More

Zoning and Land Use

9. What are the protections afforded to small group homes used for the purpose of residential substance abuse treatment?

Sober homes and other transitional living facilities for those recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction are generally subject to local zoning laws and regulations.  View More

Placement

10. How does a facility decide whether a client meets criteria for placement in a particular level of care?

In order to make a determination on whether the services offered by the facility are an appropriate fit to meet the treatment requirements of the client, the facility carries out a screening and an assessment of the client's treatment and rehabilitation needs. View More

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11. What services must be offered at each different type of facility?

Substance abuse treatment facilities must meet the needs of admitted clients as identified during the admission assessment process. View More

12. I need to discharge a client that relapsed, but am I at risk if he or she overdoses tonight and how can I protect myself? 

The discharge of a client must be handled carefully given the risks if a client suffers negative health consequences in the aftermath of discharge.   View More

Governance and Staffing

13. What are the staffing requirements of a substance abuse facility?

Facilities must ensure adequate staff to meet client needs, and that individuals employed are appropriately vetted to insure they do not pose a risk to clients. Additionally, facilities must meet the following minimum staffing requirements: View More


Recovery Residences

Licensing

14. What is a recovery home?

Recovery Homes are transitional alcohol and drug free housing with rules, peer-led groups, activities and/or other structured operations which are directed toward maintenance of sobriety for persons who exhibit treatment resistance, relapse potential and/or lack of suitable recovery living environments or who recently have completed substance abuse treatment services or who may be receiving such treatment services at another licensed facility. View More

15. Do we need a license to open a recovery home?

Recovery homes which do not offer or purport to offer Drug Abuse Treatment and Education Programs do not have to be licensed, and are not regulated by the Georgia Department of Community Health. View More

16. In the absence of licensing, how can recovery homes demonstrate their commitment to meeting minimum quality standards?

The Georgia Association of Recovery Residences (GARR) is a peer driven not-for-profit organization. View More

17. What is the process through which a sober home can be accepted as a member of Georgia Association of Recovery Residences?

To be accepted as a member of Georgia Association of Recovery Residences, the facility should meet the following standards:  View More

18. What kinds of services can a recovery home offer?

Recovery Homes provide a structured alcohol and drug free environment for congregate living that offers regularly scheduled peer-led or community gatherings (self-help groups, etc.). View More

Zoning and Land Use

19. What are the protections afforded by federal law to small group homes used for the purpose of residential drug rehabilitation?

Sober homes and other transitional living facilities for those recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction are generally subject to local zoning laws and regulations.  View More

20. Can local governments put special restrictions on recovery homes?

Recovery homes in some communities have found growing efforts to regulate them by local ordinance, including registration requirements, concentration (spacing) limits, and other requirements. View More

21. What other aspects must I consider before choosing a location for our recovery home?

In siting a recovery home, attention must be paid to potential hostility from neighbors. While federal and state law may protect the right to operate recovery homes of six or fewer in any residential community depending upon a variety of circumstances, operators must be prepared to deal with the stress and expense of combating hostile neighbors and potentially hostile cities in litigation. View More

Resident's Rights and Responsibilities

22.  What kind of agreement can we ask our residents to sign?

Any agreement residents sign must comply with landlord and tenant laws of Georgia.  Legal counsel should be consulted regarding terms of leases.  View More

23. Can we insist on drug tests and searches?

No, recovery homes do not have the right to impose testing or searches without consent.   View More

24. Can we make residents' obligations contractually enforceable?

Yes, as long as the obligations are enforceable under Georgia law in general, and the law relating to landlord and tenants.   View More

Governance and Staffing

25. What kind of ownership and staffing structures are common with these types of residential arrangements?

A recovery housing facility may be structured as a nonprofit corporation, a for-profit corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or a sole owner arrangement. View More

26. Are there any other organizations where we could find more information?

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
http://www.samhsa.gov/  View More

 

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