Recovery residences or “sober living homes” are intended to be supportive transitional environments for individuals preparing to face the world during recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. These residences rely upon peer group recovery to help individuals gain strength and coping skills in a safe environment. The topic of recovery residences has been in the forefront in Florida for the past several years.  In 2015, the Florida Legislature passed a law requiring recovery residences and their administrators to be certified. 

The FCB is the Department of Children and Families (DCF) approved third-party credentialing entity for recovery residence administrators, pursuant to s. 397.4871, F.S.  The FCB is in the development phase of a new credential, the Certified Recovery Resident Administrator (CRRA).  Credentials are developed according to the standards of the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accreditation arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).  FCB is a member of ICE.

At the end of February, the validation study for the Recovery Residence Administrator credential was completed.  The purpose of the validation study was to allow current Recovery Residence Administrators to review and provide feedback on the core competencies identified by the subject matter expert panel.  As such, the validation study provides content validity to the final set of core competencies that serve as the basis for training requirements, work experience and certification examination content for the new credential.  The final report, called a Role Delineation Study, is available below.

CRRA Role Delineation Study Report 2-29-15

Applications Now Open

Applications for this credential open on April 1, 2016.  The CRRA Candidate Guide and related forms are available under the Certification tab on this website in the Addiction category.  Click here to access this page.