House advances plan to better monitor, inspect recovery houses

HARRISBURG, Dec. 13 – Legislation to better regulate recovery houses in Pennsylvania unanimously passed the House yesterday, including measures to safeguard communities and improve services pushed for by state Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks.

Davis advocated for changes to Senate Bill 446 that would ensure that a residence applying for certification would be inspected and monitored by the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The department also would develop and administer a certification program and standards for operation of recovery residences that receive state or federal funding.

Davis said changes offered in the bill reflect county and community input received at numerous public hearings and from testimony and reports delivered by The Bucks County Association of Township Officials.

“BCATO helped shine tremendous light on how dangerous and unhealthy many recovery homes can be,” Davis said. “Thanks to their critical input, all Pennsylvania communities can benefit from a better-written law.”

The bill heads back to the Senate for concurrence in changes.