Policy Committee examines Davis’ certified recovery residence bill

LEVITTOWN, APRIL 10– State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Ben Franklin Middle School on her House Bill 355 that would establish certification for recovery residences.


“I’m glad parents, local officials and recovery houses were represented at today’s Policy Committee hearing. We collected great information to help communities managing recovery residences and more detail about how my bill can help strengthen the recovery system,” explained Davis.


Davis’ legislation would establish the State Board of Recovery Residences within the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. The Board would develop and administer a voluntary certification program and code of ethics for recovery residences. A residence applying for certification would be inspected and monitored by the Board. The bill would also require recovery homes to implement training and treatment protocols for the administration of Narcan.


Testifiers included parents Jessica Scheiber Blackburn, Angelina Mundy, and Leonard Spearing; Diane Rosati, executive director, Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission; Bryan Kennedy, owner, Independence Lodge Sober Living; Micki Kaisinger, owner, Emilie House; Howard Allen, councilman, Bristol Township; Tom Tosti, supervisor, Middletown Township.


Hearing materials are available at www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee.