Recovery-house bill that includes Dawkins’ amendment passes House

HARRISBURG, June 7 – The state House of Representatives today passed a bill (H.B. 119) that includes an amendment by Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., which would ensure that all drug and alcohol recovery houses in Pennsylvania comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. 

Dawkins’ amendment would prohibit drug and alcohol recovery houses throughout Pennsylvania from discriminating against people with a physical or mental disability, including substance abuse disorders.

"I am happy to see that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is finally taking the issue of drug recovery seriously," Dawkins said. "I would like to thank Representative Kaufer for bringing the bill forward and for the opportunity to bring all of the new recovery houses in the Commonwealth in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990."

To receive taxpayer funding and be deemed compliant, drug and alcohol recovery houses would have to meet the new standards set forth within the bill by the amendment.

"Drug and alcohol recovery houses shelter and treat our most vulnerable residents," Dawkins said. "We have to make sure that they meet the same standards of accessibility as other medical facilities throughout the Commonwealth. This amendment would help to ensure that."

The bill now goes to the state Senate.