Maryland Certification of Recovery Residences

​History of Maryland Certification of Recovery Residence (MCORR)

Under House Bill 1411, titled “Health - Recovery Residences – Certification” which was enacted under Article II 17 (c) of the Maryland Constitution on May 28, 2016 and became effective on October 1, 2016, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) was required to approve a credentialing entity to develop and administer a certification process for recovery residences.
Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) was approved by the Department to serve as the designated credentialing entity.

Definition of a Recovery Residence: 

A “recovery residence” means a service that provides alcohol-free and illicit drug-free housing to individuals with substance-related disorders or addictive disorders or co-occurring mental health and substance-related disorders or addictive disorders.

Certification is required for any Recovery Residence that:

  • Receives State funds;
  • Operates as a certified recovery residence;
  • Is advertised, represented or implied by any individual, partnership, corporation, or other entity as being a certified recovery residence; 

Information for Recovery Residence Seeking to Obtain Certification: 

BHA has adopted the National Alliance for Recovery Residences’ 2015 Quality Standards for the certification of recovery residences in Maryland. To obtain a copy of the standards please visit:

Levels of Support Documents: 

To apply to become a certified recovery residences in Maryland complete the MCORR application and submit the required documentation. 

MCORR Document Checklist 

For more information on certified recovery residences or the process for applying for recovery residences certification, please send an email to

Recovery Residences Located in Maryland

Please note that the lists are updated at least monthly to reflect the current certification status of recovery residences.  

For more information on certified recovery residences in Maryland please email,​