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Sober/Transitional Living Facility Resources - Michigan

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 Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Health Care Services, Health Facilities Division Substance Abuse Program (LARA). Read More

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

The following programs offer services to alcohol and drug addicted individuals, or those at risk of addiction, in the state of Michigan. Read 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. Read More

Licensing

4.  Which body authorizes and oversees substance abuse treatment facilities in the State of Michigan?

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Health Care Services, Health Facilities Division Substance Abuse Program (LARA) is responsible... Read More

5.  What information must be provided in my initial application for a license?

An application for an initial or renewed license must be made on a form authorized and provided by Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Health Care Services, Health Facilities Division Substance Abuse Program (LARA) which is available... Read More

6.  What are the different categories of service which may be licensed?

A single license is issued to a qualifying substance use disorder program which is then limited to providing only those services endorsed on the face of the license. Read More

7.  What types of license are available?

There are regular licenses, provisional licenses and temporary permits.  Read More

8.  What will happen following my application?

Once an initial licensing application has been received, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Health Care Services, Health Facilities Division Substance Abuse Program (LARA) will conduct an investigation to ensure the program is compliant with its rules.  Read More

On-site Review

9.  What kinds of inspections might there be for licensure determination?

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Health Care Services, Health Facilities Division Substance Abuse Program (LARA) may enter and inspect any and all program premises...  Read More

10.  How can a facility prepare for inspections, on-site reviews and audits?

While the criteria are periodically updated, key subjects of review may include...  Read More

11.  When must a program renew a license?

Licenses are renewable annually. Renewal applications must be received by the office 30 days before license expiration.  Read More

12.  What changes will affect a program’s licensing status?

A license application will be denied by Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Health Care Services, Health Facilities Division Substance Abuse Program (LARA) when a program fails to meet the standards...  Read More

Zoning and Land Use

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

Facilities for those recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction are generally subject to local zoning laws and regulations.   Read More

14.  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.  Read More

15.  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,...  Read More

16.  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.  Read More

Resident’s Rights and Responsibilities

17.  What would our obligations to residents be?

To enforce that the premises remain safe and free of intoxicant use;...  Read More

18.  What kind of agreement must we ask our residents to sign?

Common rules often include a pledge from the tenant to live by the house rules including to abstain from drug and alcohol use;...  Read More

19.  Can we insist on drug tests and searches?

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

20.  Can a recovery home bill insurance for required and/or random drug testing?

Recovery homes sometimes rely on the drug screening which takes place when the resident attends outpatient services, although they may make use of drug testing equipment which can be used onsite.  Read More

21.  Can we make residents’ obligations contractually enforceable?

If the rules are contained in the tenancy agreement as conditions of residence, and the resident agrees to them upon accepting the tenancy, then they are enforceable.  Read More

Governance and Staffing

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

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

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

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

 

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