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Certification Application Steps


Step 1:  Attend MASH Sober Housing 101 for Potential Operators Training. Attendance at this training is required for certification. See our training calendar for upcoming training dates.

Step 2: Review the NARR Recovery Residence Levels of Support to ensure your sober home or potential sober home operations are in line with Level II.

Step 3:  Review the MASH Standards and Massachusetts Sober Home Law to understand how it is applied to your sober home and requirements for MASH certification.

Step 4:  Review how to prepare for a home inspection.

Step 5: Complete and submit the online MASH Certification Application.

Step 6: Refer to the required documents list to ensure that you have all documents necessary for your application.

Step 7: Please send the required documents to:

• Email: [email protected]
• Fax: 781-819-5151
• Regular mail: MASH, 5 Edgell Road, Suite 30, Framingham, MA 01701

Step 8: Sober home inspection. Inspections will not be scheduled unless all required documents are submitted and accepted by MASH.

Step 9: Once all documents have been accepted and your home has passed inspection, you will receive a certification invoice via email.

Step 10: Once the certification invoice has been paid, the home will be certified and listed on our website and the home will have access to MASH grants.

Please note:

Sober homes applying for annual recertification must remit payment of certification fees within 30 days or the home may be subject to certification suspension and a lapse in access to grant funding.


  • Annual MASH sober house certification fee: See Fee Table Below
  • Certification Reinstatement Fee (should your MASH sober home be decertified, you will be charged a $250 reinstatement fee). (Effective 11/1/17)
Bed Count Fee
The fee is based on the number of beds, and an additional inspection fee of $50 will also be assessed.
1-12 beds $275.00
13-20 beds $375.00
21-30 beds $475.00
31-40 beds $575.00
41-50 beds $675.00
51-60 beds $775.00
61-70 beds $875.00
71+ beds $1000.00

If there are any changes to the sober home policies or sober home management, please notify MASH to update our files.

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