» Stages of Sober Home Certification

The following process describes the 5 stage process for each Certification Application received by the MASH certification administrator.

  1. Application Stage
    1. Includes former categories: Initiated, In Progress
    2. Definition: House has submitted some or all certification documents to MASH and appears to be eligible for certification.
      To move from this stage to the Inspection Stage, the house manager or operator functioning as house manager must have completed the Sober Housing 101 training.
  2. Inspection Stage
    1. Includes former categories: Waiting for Inspection, Post-Inspection Remediation, Waiting for Re-Inspection
    2. Definition: House has submitted all MASH documentation and is awaiting a first inspection or re-inspection, or must provide RHC with proof of remediation.
  3. Certified Stage
    1. Definition: House has completed inspection and application stages and has attended the Sober Housing 101 training. The house is in compliance with MASH standards.
  4. De-Certified
    1. Includes former categories: Rescinded, Closed, Suspended
    2. Definition: House was once certified but is no longer, whether voluntarily or involuntarily. This also applies to once-certified houses that were sold, closed, or failed to apply for re-certification.
  5. Ineligible
    1. Includes former categories: Failed, Closed, Not Eligible
    2. Definition: House was never certified and cannot be certified at this time. This may be because it is not a sober home, it was closed before it could be certified, or it did not pass inspection or complete remediation.
    3. After 3 months have passed without contact with the sober home, MASH may move a home from the “Application Stage” or “Inspection Stage” to “Ineligible.” A week before moving a house to the “Ineligible” category, MASH will notify the home via email that they can take action to complete their application within the week or they will have to begin again.


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