MASH/NARR CODE OF ETHICS
The Massachusetts Alliance for Sober Housing (MASH) is an affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR). In May of 2016 NARR released its Code of Ethics for sober homes. The Code is designed for sober home operators, staff, peer leaders and volunteers.
It is the obligation of all sober home owners/operators and staff to value and respect each resident and to put each individual’s recovery and needs at the forefront of all decision making.
To meet this obligation, we adhere to the following principles:
- Assess each potential resident’s needs and determine whether the level of support available within the sober home is appropriate. If a resident needs additional support the sober home should provide assistance and appropriate referrals.
- Value diversity and non-discrimination.
- Provide a safe, homelike environment that meets MASH/NARR Standards.
- Maintain an alcohol- and illicit-drug-free environment.
- Honor individuals’ rights to choose their recovery paths within the parameters defined by the sober home.
- Protect the privacy, confidentiality and personal rights of each resident.
- Provide consistent and uniformly applied rules.
- Provide for the health, safety and welfare of each resident.
- Address each resident fairly in all situations.
- Encourage residents to sustain relationships with professionals, recovery support service providers and allies.
- Take appropriate action to stop intimidation, bullying, sexual harassment and/or otherwise threatening behavior of residents, staff and visitors within the sober home.
- Take appropriate action to stop retribution, intimidation, or any negative consequences that could occur as the result of a grievance or complaint.
- Provide consistent, fair practices for drug testing that promote the residents’ recovery and the health and safety of the recovery environment and protect the privacy of resident information.
- Provide an environment in which each resident’s recovery needs are the primary factors in all decision making.
- Promote the sober home with marketing or advertising that is supported by accurate, open and honest claims.
- Decline taking a primary role in the recovery plans of relatives, close friends, and/or business acquaintances.
- Sustain transparency in operational and financial decisions.
- Maintain clear personal and professional boundaries.
- Operate within the sober home’s scope of service and within professional training and credentials.
- Maintain an environment that promotes the peace and safety of the surrounding neighborhood and the community at large.