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Sober/Transitional Living Facility Resources - Illinois

Frequently Asked Questions


1. What kinds of facilities require a license?

Substance use disorder treatment facilities are licensed according to the level of care and services they are capable of providing to their patients. Any behavioral health facility that offers treatment services for substance abuse requires a license. There are two types of services. Read More

2. What kinds of facilities provide addiction services in Illinois and what are the levels of care?

In Illinois, services include Medically Managed Detoxification, Medically Managed Intensive Inpatient, Medically Monitored Detoxification, Inpatient Subacute/Residential care, Intensive Outpatient/Partial Hospitalization, Read more

3. What does it mean to be "licensed" or "accredited" in this industry?

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Recovery Residences


4. What is a recovery or sober living home?

Both recovery homes and sober living homes are alcohol and drug free housing with rules, peer-led groups, staff activities and/or other structured operations that are directed toward .... Read More

5. Do we need a license to open a recovery or sober living home?

In Illinois, sober living homes can be unlicensed while "Recovery Homes" must obtain an intervention license from Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA). Read More

6. When can a licensed Recovery Home make referrals to other service providers?

Recovery Homes must establish a referral network to be utilized by residents for any necessary medical, mental health, substance abuse, vocational or employment resources. Read More

7. How long does the licensing process for Recovery Homes usually take?

Licensure applications are deemed received by Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA) on ... Read More


8. Does a Recovery Home license have to be renewed?

Each license issued by Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA) is effective for ... Read More

On-site Review

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

Submission of an application carries implied consent to permit inquiry into the data furnished. This will likely be triggered when .. Read More.

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

While the criteria are periodically updated, key subjects of review may include: (i) policies and procedures detailing compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality and non-discrimination; (ii) program description, detailing program mission, philosophy, objectives and evaluation plan; (iii) Read More.

11. What kinds of changes could affect licensing once granted?

IDHS/DASA requires notification of the following changes: Read More

12. WWhat kinds of services can a Recovery Homes and sober living facilities offer?

Recovery Homes provide a structured alcohol and drug free environment for congregate living that offers regularly scheduled peer-led or community gatherings (self-help groups, etc.) that are held a minimum of five days per week and provide recovery education groups weekly. Recovery Homes must have ... 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?

The regulation of land use and zoning is traditionally reserved to state and local governments, except to the extent that ... Read More

14.What plant safety requirements affect Recovery Homes?

Licensed Recovery Homes must comply with all applicable zoning and local building ordinances and maintain appropriate fire, hazard, liability and other insurance coverages, including: Read More

15. Can local governments put special restrictions on Recovery Homes and sober living facilities?

Sober living facilities and Recover Homes in some communities have found growing efforts to regulate them by local ordinance, including registration requirements, concentration (spacing) limits, and other requirements. Read More

16. What other aspects should I consider before choosing a location for our Recovery Home or sober living facility?

In siting a Recovery Home or sober living facility, attention should be paid to potential hostility from neighbors. While ... Read More

Resident’s Rights and Responsibilities

17. What would our obligations to residents be?

In general, operators of sober living houses should agree to the following: Read More

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

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19. Can we insist on drug tests and searches?

Recovery Homes and sober living facilities do not have the right to ... Read More

20. Can a Recovery Home or sober living facility bill insurance for required and/or random drug testing?

Recovery Homes and sober living facilities sometimes rely on the drug screening ... Read More

21. Can we make residents' obligations contractually enforceable?

Yes, as long as the obligations are enforceable under Illinois law in general and any applicable laws relating to landlord and tenants. Read More

Governance and Staffing

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

Both Recovery Homes and sober living facilities may be structured as ... 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/ Read More

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