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House Votes to Establish Guidelines for the Safe Operation of Recovery Homes, Farry Says
3/18/2014
HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today approved legislation to statutorily define recovery-based housing and establish statewide standards to govern the facilities, said Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), author of the measure.

Recovery-based housing facilities offer assistance to individuals with substance abuse problems. There are currently no regulations in place in Pennsylvania to govern the operation of these facilities.

“Recovery housing is a very important part of the process to overcoming an addiction; therefore, we must ensure they are operated in a safe and appropriate manner in order to warrant the best possible outcomes for those seeking treatment and the surrounding communities,” Farry said.

Farry’s bill, House Bill 1298, would require the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) to define the term “recovery house,” determine guidelines for inspection of the facilities and establish penalties for violations of the regulations.

Facilities that do not comply with the DDAP regulations would not qualify to receive any federal or state funding under the bill.

“It’s important we ensure that we have a strong and reliable system in place to assist these people in their journey to re-enter society and become productive citizens,” Farry added. “With that, we must also take steps to ensure residents in the communities surrounding these facilities feel safe, so they, too, may contribute to an individual’s successful recovery.”

House Bill 1298 now awaits consideration by the Senate.

Representative Frank Farry
142nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Abbey Fosnot
717.260.6222
afosnot@pahousegop.com  
RepFarry.com
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