Recovery Housing Participating Providers


Participating Recovery Housing providers interact with both the Behavioral Health Division and interested or enrolled program participants in many important ways. Below are the key aspects of being a participating Recovery Housing provider. For complete information, a provider should refer to the Recovery Housing Provider Guidance

Recovery Housing Program Policies

Recovery Housing Program providers are required to, at a minimum, adopt and reinforce the best practices outlined in the Recovery Housing Program Guidance for Policy Development section of the Recovery Housing Provider Guidance. Below are the areas in which a recovery housing provider will be expected to develop policies in order to support a positive Recovery Environment:

  • Facility Environment
  • Recovery Support
  • Support Community Connections
  • Program Operations
  • Staff Requirements
  • Paid Work Agreements
Eligibility Screening and Application Submission

A provider is responsible for determining participant eligibility based on the criteria listed in Individual Eligibility.

  • To determine if an individual is income eligible, a provider can use the US Department of Health & Human Services Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG)to verify eligibility. Current FPG rates can be found here.
  • Click here to submit an Individual Eligibility Application.
  • To prevent delayed access to the Recovery Housing program benefits, a provider is encouraged to begin participant onboarding for all individuals found to be eligible during the provider’s eligibility screening.
  • A provider must obtain and retain copies of the participant eligibility documentation used during the provider’s eligibility screening process for a minimum of two years.
  • While the Behavioral Health Division will not require eligibility documentation attachment with each application, a provider should be aware that the Recovery Housing Program will conduct both routine and targeted audits to verify appropriate eligibility screenings have been completed.
    • The table below outlines the documentation requirements for Applicant Eligibility verification:

    Eligibility Criteria 

    Acceptable Verification Documents 


    One or more of the following: 

    • State-issued ID
    • Passport 
    • Current utility bill, mortgage statement, or lease agreement 
    • Statement from shelter 
    • Signed statement from individual attesting to residency in North Dakota (only permitted if no other options exist) 


    One or more of the following: 

    • State-issued ID 
    • Passport 
    • Birth certificate  

    DHS Program Participation Status (if applicable) 

    One or more of the following: 

    • Program acceptance letter 
    • Program ID number 
    • Signed statement from individual attesting their participation in one of the applicable DHS programs 

    Income (if applicable) 

    One or more of the following: 

    • Most recent paystub 
    • Unemployment records 
    • Signed statement from individual attesting no income (only permitted if no other options exist)  
Baseline Data Collection

A Recovery Housing program provider is required to collect and report participant data during new participant onboarding process. Ideally, this will be completed at the same time as application submission. To report this data, a provider must complete the Recovery Housing Baseline and Conclusion Outcomes Data form.

Failure to provide this information may result in delayed or denied reimbursement of services.

Fee Schedules, Billing, and Reimbursement

The Recovery Housing program reimburses participating providers for up to 12 weeks of rent for eligible applicants. The reimbursement rates are set based on the 80th percentile of the HUD Fair Market Rates (FMRs) and are specific to the county in which the recovery housing facility is located. Click here to view the current Fee Schedule rates by county.

A participating Recovery Housing program provider must use the Recovery Housing Provider Invoice form to submit monthly invoice charges for an eligible program participant. This form should be submitted only once per calendar month per eligible program participant, and should include all expense charges for that individual occurring within that calendar month.

The Behavioral Health Division processes invoices on a monthly basis, and issues payments by the 15th of the month following the service.

Conclusion Data Collection

A Recovery Housing program provider is required to collect and report participant data at the conclusion of an individual’s participating with the program. Ideally, this will occur prior to a provider’s final invoice submission for that participant. To report this data, a provider must complete the Recovery Housing Baseline and Conclusion Outcomes Data form.

Failure to provide this information may result in delayed or denied reimbursement of services.

Documentation Requirements

Participating providers are required to retain program and policy records documenting the following:

  • Evidence of current liability coverage and other insurance–OR-- Written permission from the property owner of record to operate a recovery residence on the property 
  • Fire Marshal report or equivalent
  • Copy of contract that will be used with residents, such as lease or housing agreement.
  • Comprehensive Program Policy that demonstrates compliance with Recovery Housing Program Guidance.
  • Applicant Eligibility documentation, as defined in Applicant Eligibility Screening
Additional Resources

Participating Recovery Housing program providers should be aware of local, statewide, and national resources dedicated to assisting individuals in treatment and recovery. Below are some important resources for Recovery Housing providers.

  • National Alliance for Recovery Residences: a 501-c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the availability of well-operated, ethical and supportive recovery housing
  • Substance Use Disorder Voucher: Provides access to treatment and services for substance use disorders. 
  • Community Connect: Provides community-based behavioral health services through care coordination and peer support.  
  • 24/7 Recovery Talk: Connect with a trained peer support specialist with lived experience in addiction to chat and receive support. 
  • Call Kay: Support for parents who are struggling, day or night.  Connect with a peer who has also experienced parenting struggles, substance use, and navigating the child welfare system.
  • ND Cares: Community-based effort to strengthen an accessible network of support for ND military service members and their families. 
  • 2-1-1 Helpline: Free and confidential service available 24/7 to help individuals find local behavioral health resources.