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H.R. 4684 - Ensuring Access to Quality Sober Living Act of 2018

Sponsor: Judy Chu (D)
Introduced: 2018-06-13
Bill Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
 

Ensuring Access to Quality Sober Living Act of 2017

This bill requires the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to publish best practices for operating recovery housing, to distribute such publication to the states, and to provide technical assistance to states seeking to adopt such practices. "Recovery housing" means a shared living environment free from alcohol and illegal drug use and centered on peer support and connection to services to promote recovery from substance use disorders.

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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4684


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 13, 2018

    Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


AN ACT

    To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to identify or facilitate the development of best practices for operating recovery housing, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Ensuring Access to Quality Sober Living Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. National recovery housing best practices.

Part P of title III of the Public Health Service Act is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

“SEC. 399V–7. National recovery housing best practices.

“(a) Best practices.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, patients with a history of opioid use disorder, and other stakeholders, which may include State accrediting entities and reputable providers, analysts, and stakeholders of recovery housing services, such as the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, shall identify or facilitate the development of best practices, which may include model laws for implementing suggested minimum standards, for operating recovery housing.

“(b) Dissemination.—The Secretary shall disseminate the best practices identified or developed under subsection (a) to—

“(1) State agencies, which may include the provision of technical assistance to State agencies seeking to adopt or implement such best practices;

“(2) recovery housing entities; and

“(3) the public, as appropriate.

“(c) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) The term ‘recovery housing’ means a shared living environment free from alcohol and illicit drug use and centered on peer support and connection to services, including medication-assisted treatment services, that promote sustained recovery from substance use disorders.

“(2) The term ‘State’ includes any of the several States, the District of Columbia, each Indian tribe or tribal organization (as those terms are defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act), and any territory or possession of the United States.

“(d) Authorization of appropriations.—To carry out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $3,000,000 for the period of fiscal years 2019 through 2021.”.

Passed the House of Representatives June 12, 2018.

    Attest:karen l. haas,   
    Clerk.

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