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Recovery Community Organizations

A Recovery Community Organization (RCO) is an independent, non-profit organization led and governed by representatives (individuals, family members) of local communities of recovery.  

The sole mission of an RCO is to mobilize resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence of long-term recovery from substance use disorder.

RCO's accomplish this by:

  • organizing recovery-focused policy advocacy activities,

  • carrying out recovery-focused community education and outreach programs, and/or

  • by providing peer-based recovery support services   (P-BRSS)

To ensure fidelity to the RCO Model, Faces & Voices of Recovery has identified the following criteria as national best practices for recovery community organizations:

  1. Non-profit Organization

  2. Led and Governed by the Recovery Community.

  3. Primary focus is Recovery from Substance Use Disorders.

  4. Grassroots.

  5. Participatory Process

  6. Non-clinical Services

  7. All Pathways to Recovery

  8. Recovery-friendly Language

Source:​ (2020)

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