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H.R. 4684 (115th): Ensuring Access to Quality Sober Living Act of 2018


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 13, 2018 (Referred to Senate Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

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.


IIB

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.

1.

Short title

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

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:

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.

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Passed the House of Representatives June 12, 2018.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.