Davis: April 4 public hearing to spotlight recovery house legislation

Measure seeks oversight, standards for sober living facilities

HARRISBURG, March 31 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, today said the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, on her legislation that would provide needed oversight and safeguards on recovery houses used by patients rehabbing from drug and alcohol addictions.

“The fly-by-night operations devaluing our neighborhoods and endangering neighbors and clients must be stopped,” said Davis, whose H.B. 1884 awaits consideration in the House Professional Licensure Committee. “The current situation serves no one, including the conscientious providers trying to provide beneficial services.”

Davis said the hearing in Room 418 in the state Capitol will be streamed live at www.pahouse.com/live and likely will be broadcast on PCN at a later time.

Officials scheduled to testify on Davis’ Certified Recovery Residence Act include:

  • Gary Tennis, secretary of the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs;

  • Amber Longhitano, vice president of the Bristol Township Council;

  • Jason Sabol, assistant solicitor for the City of York;

  • Deb Beck, president, Drug & Alcohol Service Providers Organization of PA;

  • Addiction service providers and advocates; and

  • A former recovery house resident and parents of a heroin addict.

House Bill 1884 would create a State Board of Recovery Residences charged with enacting safeguards and regulations to ensure a safe environment for recovery home clients and their neighbors. The nine-member board would oversee:

  • Development and administration of a certification program for recovery residences;

  • The monitoring and inspection of recovery residences and staff to ensure compliance with certification requirements;

  • Development of a code of ethics for recovery residence administrators and staff; and

  • Establish application, inspection and annual certification renewal fees.