In 2011, NARR made history by establishing a national standard for recovery residences. This standard defines the spectrum of recovery oriented housing and services and distinguishes four different types, which are known as “levels” or “levels of support.” The standard was developed through a strength-based and collaborative approach that solicited input from all major regional and national recovery housing organizations. Guidance for the standard was also received from recovery residence providers (some with decades of experience) from across the nation representing all four levels of support and nationally recognized recovery support stakeholders.
NARR released the second version of the standard in October 2015, and in 2018 released Version 3.0, NARR's current version. It provides more explicit guidance to providers, including metrics for evaluating the peer support components of a residence’s recovery environment.