1.A.1.a. Mission statement

A written mission that reflects a commitment to those served and identifies the population served which, at a minimum, includes persons in recovery from a substance use disorder.

All Levels


  • Is there a short written statement that describes the purpose or aim of the organization?
  • If “yes”, does the statement reflect a commitment to serve persons in recovery from substance use disorder?
  • Is there evidence that the mission is shared with decision makers (e.g. staff or resident leadership) to guide them? In the context of the standard, this rule is meaningless unless the mission statement is shared in a way that guides decision making


  • Documentation
    • Policy and procedure
    • Staff handbook / Code of conduct

This rule assessment can become somewhat subjective, especially when the mission statement alludes to a target population rather than implicitly naming a target population. The following mission statement examples may offer Reviewers guidance:

  • To provide recovery supportive residences to women with substance use issues (Obviously reflects)
  • Providing comprehensive solutions to ending homelessness and promote self-sufficiency (May reflect since substance use is prevalent amongst persons at risk for or who are experiencing homelessness and “self-sufficiency” could be a characteristic of recovery)
  • To empower individual investors to take control of their financial lives (Obviously DOES NOT reflect)