Local government organization announces support for Davis’ bill to regulate recovery homes

HARRISBURG, April 24 – The Bucks County Association of Township Officials pledged its support recently for H.B. 355, sponsored by state Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, which would establish a certification process for recovery residences and treatment protocols for the administration of Narcan.

“The Bucks County Association of Township Officials pledges its support to House Bill 355,” Dan Rattigan, BCATO president said in a letter to Davis. “This bill will help to provide recovery facilities that will provide a higher success rate of achieving long-lasting sobriety …”

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 also would require recovery homes to implement training and treatment protocols for the administration of Narcan.

“The townships BCATO works to support on a daily basis see firsthand how unsafe, unhealthy and non-conducive to sobriety some of these recovery homes can be,” Davis said. “I am honored and encouraged to have BCATO’s support for my bill to strengthen the recovery system while our community addresses the ongoing heroin and opioid addiction epidemic.”

Created in 1907, BCATO’s mission is to help second-class townships in Bucks County assure the health, welfare and safety of their residents.

“House Bill 355 fits perfectly in with our mission and would be a valuable asset for our communities,” Rattigan said. “House Bill 355 would also provide a safe environment for residents and the surrounding communities.”