Florida RCO Standards

Non-profit Organization

  • Current non-profit status or under the umbrella of a parent organization.
  • RCO has a governing structure that is sufficiently independent from parent organization (if applicable).


Does the organization have a 501c3?

Led and Governed by the Recovery Community

  • These organizations have a recovery led board of 51% or more of board members identifying as being in recovery from their own substance use disorder.
  • This leadership provides an authenticity of the recovery voice.
  • Along with key staff, these recovering voices lead conversations and participate in decision-making on programmatic development, recovery services provided, and advocacy efforts to reflect the needs of the recovering community.

What does the leadership of your board consist of (i.e., persons in recovery, allies, etc.)?

Primary Focus is Recovery from Substance Use Disorders

  • Evident in the organization’s mission and vision statements, through the services provided, and when applicable, in their advocacy efforts.
  • The organization has a Recovery Vision.

What is the organizations Vision and Mission statement? Where is it located?


  • Community engagement and reflective of the community served.
  • Visible by opportunities for ALL community members to get involved.

Is community involvement evident of community involvement of community needs? (This would be evident of a website that engages local community in recovery or a strategic plan that includes community input)

Participatory Process

  • Evident and valued based on design and implementation of outreach, programs, and services.
  • All members of organization/group participate in decision making.

Do you have a variety of people/organizations involved in the development process? What are the methods employed to show active participation by ALL members of the community in the decision-making process (i.e., Visioning meetings, quarterly community input, staff input)? Are there minutes from these forms of input?

Peer Recovery Support Services

  • RCOs provide 100% non-clinical services.
  • RCO’s provide peer recovery support services.

What are the peer services your organization provides?

All Pathways Towards Recovery

  • The organization supports, allows for, and may provide opportunities for all pathways towards recovery and does not exclude anyone based on their chosen pathway.

Is RCO inclusive of ALL Pathways towards recovery?

 How is this evident?

Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Policies, Practices, and Services

  • RCOs develop and enact culturally informed plans to diminish inequity in the implementation of their outreach and services.

What systems are enacted that show a culturally informed plan to diminish inequity in your RCO?

Recovery-Friendly Language

  • RCO websites, materials, and other online platforms use language that is supportive of and promotes recovery across diverse geographical and cultural contexts.

How does your RCO reflect recovery-friendly language in its website, materials, and other online platforms?

 How is this monitored?

Code of Ethics and Grievance Policies

  • The organization has an employee and volunteer code of ethics in place, and easily accessible grievance procedures, to protect service recipients and stakeholders engaged with the organization.

Where is the code of ethics posted?

Are the grievance procedures easily accessible to service recipients and stakeholders of RCO?