WestPARR Code of Ethics

The West Penn Alliance of Recovery Residences (WestPARR) is committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles to ensure the welfare of the persons we serve, and to protect the reputation and integrity of our profession.

Our Code of Ethics is a guide for our members to support day-to-day decision-making related to our responsibility to our residents.

Our Code of Ethics are established the four ethical principles of autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, and justice.

  • Autonomy: to acknowledge the rights of residents to hold views, to make choices, and to take actions based on their personal beliefs and values.
  • Non-maleficence: the obligation to do no harm; to not engage in any activities of fraud or deceit; to avoid abuse or harassment or other abuses of power over residents.
  • Beneficence: act for the benefit of others; provide benefit to residents and contribute to their welfare.
  • Justice: treating others fairly; focus on the interest of the residents and not on any personal or financial stake that would constitute a conflict of interest.


  1. Certified Residences ensure all owners, managers and staff receive an orientation to the WEST PARR’s Code of Ethics and document their agreement to abide by these principles as a condition of employment.
  2. This orientation includes confirmation that all owners, managers and staff successfully complete WEST PARR Ethics and WEST PARR Standards training annually. Certified Recovery Residences must ensure that representatives complete mandatory trainings within 120 days (120) days of certification.
  3. Where applicable, the professional staff at each site shall review all pertinent Codes of Ethics annually, and attest in writing to their willingness to abide by the principles.
  4. Certified Residences ensure that residents receive an orientation as to their rights and responsibilities upon admission, including their right to receive ethical care. Confirmation of this orientation must be documented in each individual resident’s file.
  5. Certified Residences ensure all residents are provided information during their orientation regarding the process and steps residents may take to report any ethical or standards violations. Confirmation of this orientation must be documented in each individual resident’s file.
  6. Certified Residences should ensure that no retribution, intimidation, or any negative consequences shall occur if a grievance or complaint has been filed.


While employed at any Certified Recovery Residence and after such employment ends, confidential information must never be disclosed except with the resident’s written authorization or as allowed under Federal and/or State law. No employee or volunteer of any Certified Residence may use, or permit others to use, confidential information for the purpose of furthering a private interest or as a means of generating profit. The definition of confidential information is any information that has been entrusted and provided to Recovery Residence management assumed and considered private.


  1. The primary obligation of Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences is to respect the integrity and promote the welfare of the resident, whether the resident is assisted individually or in a community setting. In a community setting, Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences are also responsible for taking reasonable precautions to protect individuals from physical and/or psychological trauma resulting from interaction within the Community.
  2. Certified Residences shall ensure that in any community setting, staff, volunteers and visiting sponsors, recovery coaches and/or counselors set a norm of confidentiality regarding all community participants’ disclosures.
  3. Certified Residences ensure that if a resident is or has been in a therapeutic relationship with professional person or entity, staff attempts to make contact with that professional person or entity after obtaining proper releases for the exchange of relevant information from the resident. These contacts or attempts to contact must be documented in the resident record.
  4. When it has been determined that the Resident’s needs are not being met at the current level of care/support, the Resident will receive assistance necessary to help them secure the appropriate level of care/support.
  5. Certified Residences should ensure that, if a resident’s condition indicates there is a clear and imminent danger to the resident or others, staff (per Certified Residence policy and procedure) alert first responders to address danger and risk and then apprise Recovery Residence supervisor/manager/administrator; staff should be trained to appreciate any and all imminent harm potential is beyond the scope of the Recovery Residences level of support and must be referred and deferred to professionals.
  6. Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences refrain from any practice of intimation, bullying or otherwise threatening or discriminatory behavior; relying instead upon the appropriate, consistent and uniform application of written residence rules and consequences.
  7. No Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences will solicit or accept any commission, fee, or anything of monetary value from residents, other related persons, or referral sources, including, but not limited to, the borrowing of money from a resident under any condition or circumstance (see Ethical Conflicts below).
  8. Certified Residences ensure that if a resident’s condition deteriorates, i.e. relapse or psychological deterioration, referral and linkage to appropriate interventions will be made.
  9. Certified Residences ensure fair and equitable financial policies and procedures pertaining to scholarships and repayment processes, i.e.:
  1. Scholarships: (Partial or Full) Residents are orientated to the type of scholarship and specifically what is and is not included in the scholarship. Orientation is acknowledged by resident signature and documentation is maintained in the resident file.
  2. Repayment Structure: Certified Residences who structure a payment plan for admission and/or ongoing fees should ensure the payment plan is fair and equitable, and the resident is afforded the financial means to personally care for repayment.
  3. Fees should be renegotiable if the resident’s financial ability is altered and in no way, inhibit the resident from seeking alternative employment which would strengthen their well-being.


  1. Certified Residences and their employees shall excuse themselves from taking an active part in the recovery and/or treatment plans of relatives, close friends, and/or business acquaintances.
  2. Certified Residences and their employees may participate in political activities on their own time and in accordance with their individual desires and preferences, but it must be clear at all times that they are doing so as individuals and not as representatives of WEST PARR or their organization unless specifically agreed to by WEST PARR or their Recovery Residence Administrator.
  3. Certified Residences and their employees may not overpay, solicit, or receive any commission, bonus, rebate, kick-back, or bribe, directly or indirectly, in cash or in-kind, or engage in any split fee arrangement, in any form whatsoever, to induce the referral or in return for the acceptance or acknowledgment of treatment, of patients or patronage to or from a health care provider or health care facility.
  4. Certified Residences ensure that former clients are not be hired as an employee at any site unless a significant period of time has elapsed. At a minimum, a six (6) month prohibition period should be clearly stated in the Certified Recovery Residences policy and procedures regarding employment of former clients.
  5. Certified Residences ensure all program associates refrain from engaging in any non-therapeutic dual relationships for a minimum of 2 (two) years. If a more restrictive time frame is listed in an employee’s professional ethics code, then that time frame shall apply.
  6. Certified Residences shall not provide clinical or therapeutic interventions which are licensable without a license issued by the appropriate Pennsylvania Department office.


  1. Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences having knowledge of unethical practices on the part of another colleague shall report such practices to the Recovery Residence Administrator and/or, as needed, to the colleague’s professional Ethics Board.
  2. Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences should not use the workplace for proselytizing religious, political, or economic issues. However, faith-based programs are encouraged to share their personal testimony and experience as a peer with residents who have elected to reside in the faith-based Certified Recovery Residence.


Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences shall not knowingly make marketing claims or create any advertising, or allow for any advertising to be created on their behalf, which contain:

  1. False or misleading statements or exaggerations.
  2. Testimonials that do not really reflect the real opinion of the involved individual.
  3. Price claims that are misleading.
  4. Promotional offers designed to induce enrollment in exchange for free rent, air travel, grocery cards, gym memberships and/or other such freebies.
  5. Therapeutic strategies for which licensure and/or counseling certifications are required but not applicable at the Certified Recovery Residence.