As of July 1, 2017 Next Step Foundation is certified by the Indiana Affiliation of Recovery Residences (INARR) a subsidiary of Mental Health America (MHAI). INARR provides support to Recovery Residence providers at four levels. Next Step has been awarded a level four status, which is reserved for those who provide sober living housing as well as have licensed clinical staff.

INARR supports providers in their effort to deliver quality recovery-oriented housing opportunities for persons who seek to reside in abstinence based, peer supportive environment, while also monitoring these services for compliance to NARR national standards.

According to research, a partnership with INARR has proven to increase positive outcomes for individuals pursuing recovery, empowering them to take the Next Step.