H.R. 4684 authorizes the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to develop, publish, and disseminate best practices for operating recovery housing that promotes a safe environment and sustained recovery from substance use disorders.
Recovery housing is increasingly recognized as critical to recovery for many individuals, and includes activities and programs such as mediation, one-on-one counseling, group sessions, peer recovery support, medication management, spiritual engagement, and others.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Dec 19, 2017.
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.