Recovery Community Organization Certification

What are recovery community organizations?

 A Recovery Community Organization (RCO) is an independent, grassroots, non-profit organization providing a variety of activities available to all community members recovering from substance use, not restricted to individuals enrolled in a specific educational, treatment, or residential program. 

Organizations with exclusionary requirements, such as recovery pathway-specific barriers including those that are abstinence based, if membership is required to access services offered by the organization, will be excluded from certification.

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Certified RCOs
PACE Connection Cafe Life's Journey Recovery Center Real Recovery Inc Three20 Recovery Center THRIVE Wabash Valley Recovery Center 1Voice Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition (IAIC) Project.Me Peer Addiction Support Team (PAST) Safe Haven Recovery Engagement Center INTouch Outreach Resource Center LITE - Living In Transition Effectively Recovery Café Lafayette RISE Peer Recovery Recover Out loud Freedom Connection Recovery Center Adams County Recovery Resource Center Recovery Coalition Inc. Paul's Plan Ministries Holding Space Recovery Project


The Recovery Resource Center is a collaborative initiative dedicated to providing a central point of information for substance use treatment and recovery. Learn more

Connection Cafe

Our mission is to provide a safe environment that accepts people as they are and provides harm reduction services for supporting individuals on their recovery journey. The Connection Café was built on the idea that there is no “one size fits all” way.  Learn more

Life's Journey Recovery Center

Our mission is to meet men and women where they are in life and provide guidance as well as a safe place to experience recovery. Judgement free.  Learn more 

Real Recovery Inc

We are R.E.A.L. Recovery – A nonprofit 501c3 organization that acts as a voice for people in recovery. As a recovery communication organization, we empower people in recovery against economic, cultural and systematic obstacles. Learn more

Three20 Recovery Center

Three20 Recovery Community consists of an art workshop, music and podcast studios, commercial kitchen, fitness area, and live performance venue. Learn more


THRIVE is a Recovery Community Organization, we began in September, 2018. We meet once a month, the first Tuesday of every month. We are a subsidiary of The Scott County Partnership.  Learn more

Wabash Valley Recovery Center

The Wabash Valley Recovery Alliance is a group of men and women who work together to advocate for recovery, reduce stigma, and provide a more effective system to support long-term recovery from addiction in the Wabash Valley.  Learn more


Grass roots organization that advocates, raises awareness, educates, networks and collaborates with the community to better support a recovery community while fighting the stigma of addiction and building positive supports.  Learn more

Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition (IAIC)

Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition (IAIC) is a broad-based diverse, non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of people with addictive disorders.  Learn more


project.ME seeks to strengthen support systems through mentoring, empowerment & advocacy-aiding in the connection to recovery support services and resources while decreasing barriers for sustained recovery. Learn more

Peer Addiction Support Team (PAST)

The Coalition is the designated Local Coordinating Council in Jay County. JCDPC is focused on the prevention and treatment of substance use disorder and utilizes Peer Recovery Coaches to help individuals with all of their recovery needs. Learn more

Safe Haven Recovery Engagement Center

RCO in Orange County, serving 8 counties, offering wrap around services for those with SUD or in recovery. Learn more

INTouch Outreach Resource Center

At InTouch Outreach (ITOR) we're committed to helping people to help themselves. We offer Peer Recovery supportive services to individuals and families in need, individually. Learn more

LITE - Living In Transition Effectively

LITE - Living In Transition Effectively, Inc. focuses on providing assistance to those being released from incarceration. Learn more

Recovery Café Lafayette

We support development of the mind, body and spirit of individuals desiring recovery. By creating a community committed to love, support, equality, and inclusion, we will provide an environment that will support recovery. Learn more

RISE Peer Recovery

The RISE Peer Recovery Vision is to connect individuals struggling with mental health and substance use disorders to peer recovery services that will empower them throughout their journey . . . Learn more

Recover Out loud

Recover Out Loud logo

It is the mission of Recover Out Loud to create a recovering active community (RAC) , that ignites the self, utilizing the life changing power of motion and connection, where together, we can bond, heal. and Live. Learn more

Freedom Connection Recovery Center

Information recovery hub offering all pathways to recovery. Learn more

Adams County Recovery Resource Center

Recovery resource center providing CAPRC (recovery coaching) services and recovery support group meetings. Learn more

Recovery Coalition Inc.

To provide a safe environment for those in and/or seeking Recovery. Learn more

Paul's Plan Ministries

Paul's Plan Ministries (PPM) serves the local Lafayette Indiana and surrounding areas in many ways.  Learn more

Holding Space Recovery Project

Our mission is to use Harm Reduction and Peer Support Services to collaborate with and assist people in making positive change, as the person defines it for themselves without judgement.  Learn more

Recovery Community Organization Certification

Step 1: Determine if your organization meets the basic framework of a recovery community organization through this brief organization self-assessment.
  1. Is your organization a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status or operating under the umbrella of an existing non-profit organization with 501 (c)(3) status?
  2. If your organization operates under the umbrella of an existing non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status, does it operate with autonomy, holding true to the mission and vision of your organization providing services for and by the recovery community?
  3. Does your organization embody the following three core principles of a Recovery Community Organization?
    • Recovery vision – Focuses on long-term recovery from addictions, enhancing quality and quantity of recovery support services available to the community, mobilizing individuals and community resources to promote recovery.
    • Authenticity of voice Represents the interest of the local or statewide recovery community, supports self-directed recovery, mutual aid including all pathways of recovery, developed by and for the recovery community, with a minimum of 51% of board members identifying as individuals in recovery from addiction.
    • Accountability to the recovery community – The organization is accountable and responsive to the community they serve, autonomous non-profit organization, independent in governance, drawing strength from the authentic voice of the recovery community.
  4. Does your organization engage in one of the three, or all, core strategies of a Recovery Community Organization?
    • Public education and awareness – Educating the public, policy makers, service providers, and media about the reality of recovery. Raises awareness of social and policy barriers experienced by individuals in or seeking recovery support services. Provides an opportunity for recovery community members to advocate with anonymity.
    • Policy advocacy – Addresses barriers found in public policies that hinder an individual’s ability to access sustainable recovery through supports and services. 
      Advocacy focuses on ending the punitive measures of people for their status as individuals with histories of addiction. Advocacy efforts implemented at all levels 
    • Peer based and other recovery support services and activities – Peer recovery support services can be delivered at one central location or in a variety of locations throughout the community. Peer-based services can include but are not limited to telephone recovery support, all recovery meetings and/or multiple pathways to recovery, harm reduction, workshops, resource brokering, and life skills development. Services can be developed and provided by paid staff or volunteers. 

If you answered yes to the above questions and meet the core principles and strategies of a Recovery Community Organization, you may proceed with completing the online application.

  • The online application may take 60-90 minutes to complete and must be completed in one session.
  • Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*). 
Step 2: Review and get familiar with the National Standards of Best Practices for Recovery Community Organizations created by Faces and Voices of Recovery before completing this application

Faces and Voices of Recovery is the leading national organization setting standards and best practices for Recovery Community Organizations since 2001.

Step 3: Complete the recovery community organization certification application and compile the required documents

Required document attachments for recovery community organization certification, must have documents ready for upload at time of application completion (downloadable PDF) .

Required Attachments for Recovery Community Organization Certification include: 

  • 501(c)(3) Determination Letter
  • Fiscal agent agreement if operating under an existing 501 (c)(3).
  • Notarized and signed affidavit stating the Board of Directors consists of 51% identifying as individuals in recovery from substance use. Affidavit must be signed by the organization’s Director stating the Board of Directors meets the 51% in SUD recovery and must be signed by the applying organization Director and notarized. 
  • Verification of Accreditation from The Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services (CAPRSS) (if applicable, only applies to organization accredited by CAPRSS).
  • Recovery community organization certification application completed online (application link on the IRN website) 
  • Downloadable application PDF for review purposes only 
Step 4: Certification application and required documents submitted. 

The IRN team will review the documents within 30 days and reach out via email if additional documents are needed. If you have questions, please email us at

Step 5: Conference call and interview preparation with Indiana Recovery Network interview team 

After your application and supporting documents have all been submitted and everything has been reviewed, Indiana Recovery Network will schedule a conference call with you within 14 days of document submission. Indiana Recovery Network team members will be available to answer any questions about the quality standards or the review process. Any official recommendations will be communicated to you during this call. Indiana Recovery Network team members will also verify that the organization is ready to schedule the virtual interview.

Step 6: Virtual interview

To perform the virtual interview your organization needs to have been in operation for at least 60 days and have been providing peer support services for a minimum of 60 days to be eligible for Recovery Works billing.  

Your recovery community organization (RCO) virtual interview will be performed by two staff from the Indiana Recovery Network virtual review team. The virtual interview will provide the IRN interview team with the opportunity to ensure the applying organization meets RCO national standards and best practices. 

Step 7: Post-virtual interview survey and implement required quality improvements 

After the virtual interview, the Indiana Recovery Network will provide you with an official communication within 7 days along with a post interview checklist completed by at least two IRN staff, peer leaders, or volunteers. This communication will list any required quality improvements that your organization needs to engage in prior to your application being approved.  

*If quality improvements are necessary you must respond to these recommendations within 30 days by submitting the required quality improvement documentation. 

If you do not respond to the Indiana Recovery Network within required timelines, your application will be reviewed based on the information available. 

In some cases, the Indiana Recovery Network may require a second virtual interview to verify quality improvement recommendations have been implemented. 

Step 8: Approval/Denial of Certification

Indiana Recovery Network will make RCO certification recommendations based on the completed application and documents received. The Indiana Recovery Network will notify you within 30 days regarding the status of your pending certification. 

Status Categories: You will receive an email from the IRN notifying your organization that your application is in one of the following status categories. 

Approval: You have completed all required steps in becoming a certified RCO. Next steps for your organization, if applicable, include completing the initial Recovery Works onboarding documentation for billing and attending Recovery Works training. 

Denial: The Indiana Recovery Network has determined your organization does not meet certification criteria at this time. All denials are automatically sent and reviewed by the Division of Mental Health and Addictions. Your organization may reapply 6 months from the time the denial was made and a follow up letter explaining the decision will be sent. If you have additional questions on the denial status can contact the Indiana Recovery Network Director at

Appeal process: Applicants wishing to appeal RCO Certification denial can submit a formal letter to Indiana Recovery Network Director at within 14 days of denial. The Indiana Recovery Network will respond within 30 days of receiving the formal letter. The appeal process will be reviewed by a three-person review panel.