» Code of Ethics


MASH certified sober home operators, staff, peer leaders, and volunteers shall value and respect each resident and put each individual’s recovery and needs at the forefront of all decisions. To meet this obligation, certified operators, staff, peer leaders, and volunteers will adhere to the following principles:

  1. 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.
  2.  Value diversity and non-discrimination.
  3. Provide a safe, home-like environment that meets MASH standards.
  4. Maintain an alcohol- and illicit-drug-free environment.
  5.  Honor individuals’ rights to choose their recovery paths within the
    parameters defined by the sober home.
  6. Protect the privacy, confidentiality, and personal rights of each resident.
  7. Provide consistent and uniformly applied rules.
  8. Provide for the health, safety, and welfare of each resident.
  9. Address each resident fairly in all situations.
  10. Encourage residents to sustain relationships with professionals, recovery
    support service providers and allies.
  11. Take appropriate action to stop intimidation, bullying, sexual harassment
    and/or otherwise threatening behavior of residents, staff, and visitors within
    the sober home.
  12. Take appropriate action to stop retribution, intimidation, or any negative
    consequences that could occur as the result of a grievance or complaint.
  13. Provide consistent, fair practices for drug testing that promote the resident’s
    recovery and the health and safety of the recovery environment and protect
    the privacy of resident information.
  14. Provide an environment in which each resident’s recovery needs are the
    primary factors in all decision making.
  15. Promote the sober home with marketing or advertising that is supported by
    accurate, open, and honest claims.
  16. Decline taking a primary role in the recovery plans of relatives, close friends,
    and/or business acquaintances.
  17. Sustain transparency in operational and financial decisions.
  18. Maintain clear personal and professional boundaries.
  19. Operate within the sober home’s scope of service and within professional
    training and credentials.
  20. Maintain an environment that promotes the peace and safety of the
    surrounding neighborhood and the community at large.

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