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Sober/Transitional Living Facility Resources - Arizona

Frequently Asked Questions


1. What kinds of facilities provide addiction treatment services in Arizona?

Types of Facilities

Behavioral Health Inpatient Facilities

A health care institution that provides continuous treatment to a patient experiencing a... View More

2. Which facilities are exempt from licensure requirements?

The following facilities are exempt from licensure requirements: View More

3. What does it mean to be “licensed,” “certified,” or “accredited” in this industry?

A license means that a facility or professional may operate or may deliver services with the advance and continuous authorization of a designated government agency, which is done to ensure protection of public health, safety, and welfare. View More

4. What is a sober living home?

Generally, a sober living home is an alcohol and drug-free environment inhabited by individuals who are attempting to maintain their recovery from substance abuse disorders. View More

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

Pursuant to recent Arizona law, licenses will be required to operate sober living homes. View More

6. What kinds of services can a sober living home offer?

Sober living homes typically provide a living environment to enable residents to organize activities and participate in self-help initiatives... View More


7. How can we demonstrate to our clients that we are offering a high quality living environment?

In addition to obtaining the required licensure once the licensure system is in place... View More

8. Does a sober home have to obtain certification in order to operate?

In order to become certified by the Arizona Recovery Housing Alliance (AzHRA), it is necessary to join the association by filling out an application and paying the membership fee. View More

9.  What should I do in preparation for the on-site compliance review?

The Arizona Recovery Housing Association (AzRHA) makes its criteria for site inspection available here: http://www.myazrha.org/sites/default/files/Inspection-Form-2015-2016.pdf. AzRHA also provides... View More

10. How often must I renew certification?

The Arizona Recovery Housing Association conducts annual inspections. View More

Zoning and Land Use

11. What are the protections afforded by federal law to sober living homes?

Federal law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act, provide protections for... View More

12. Can local governments put special restrictions on sober living residences?

This area of law is complex and evolving, especially in the State of Arizona. View More

13. What other aspects should I consider before choosing a location for our sober home?

In siting a sober home, attention should be paid to potential hostility from neighbors. View More

Resident’s Rights and Responsibilities

14. What would our obligations to residents be?

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

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

As a general matter, the housing agreement should include: View More

16. Can we insist on drug tests and searches?

Sober homes do not have the right to impose... View More

17. Can a sober home bill insurance for required and/or random drug testing?

Sober homes sometimes rely on the drug screening that takes place... View More

18. Can we make residents’ obligations contractually enforceable?

Yes, as long as the obligations are enforceable under Arizona... View More

Governance and Staffing

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

A sober housing facility may be structured as a nonprofit corporation, a for-profit corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or a sole owner arrangement. View More

20. Are there any other organizations that could help us?

Operators can view resources available by the following organizations:  View More

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