Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the Association of Recovery Community Organizations?
The Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) at Faces & Voices of Recovery brings together established, new, and emerging groups to build the unified voice of the organized recovery community. It leverages the profile and unifying force of Faces & Voices for member organizations, while building the capacity and leadership of the organized recovery community.
Q. What role do Recovery Community Organizations play in the recovery movement?
There are over 100 established recovery community organizations (RCOs) within ARCO. They help bridge the gap between professional treatment and building healthy and successful lives in long-term recovery. They increase the visibility and influence of the recovery community and engage in one or more of three core activities:
1. Educating the public about the reality of recovery
2. Advocating on behalf of the recovery community
3. Delivering peer recovery support services.
Q. How does ARCO help RCOs to achieve their purpose?
ARCO unites and supports the growing network of local, regional, and statewide recovery community organizations – linking them and their leaders with local and national allies, and providing training and technical assistance to members.
Q. What benefits do members receive?
See Benefits of Membership page.
Q. What organizations may join?
Eligible organizations are local, regional and state non-profit organizations that are led and governed by the recovery community (people in recovery, their families, friends and allies) that focus on the following core purposes:
· Public education – putting a face and a voice on recovery
· Peer recovery support services
RCO's do not provide clinical treatment services.
Organizations must be independently accountable to the recovery communities they serve.
NOTE** Organizations may be under the umbrella of a fiscal agent; however, they must demonstrate a governance structure allowing for autonomy in regards to leadership, personnel, fund development and decision-making.
The ARCO Membership Committee and Faces & Voices staff will make membership decisions on a case-by-case basis.