Florida Legislature Formally Recognizes Therapeutic Importance of Transitional Housing

From the Sun-Sentinel article: “Broward Sober House Operator Welcomes Regulation” –

 

The Florida Legislature recently acknowledged the effectiveness of sober houses in combating addiction.

“The Legislature finds that a person suffering from addiction has a higher success rate of achieving long lasting sobriety when given the opportunity to build a stronger foundation by living in a recovery residence after completing treatment,” states House Bill 21 (2015).

According to the bill, which was passed by both the House and Senate and must be signed by Gov. Rick Scott before it becomes law, individuals suffering from addiction represent “a vulnerable consumer population in need of adequate housing.”

Assuming the bill is signed into law, starting in 2016, sober house operators will be able to seek certification which will require them to meet agreed upon standards. The bill will also prevent treatment centers from referring patients to uncertified sober houses.

Read more here: Broward sober house operator welcomes regulation – Sun Sentinel

About Jeffrey Lynne

Jeffrey C. Lynne is a South Florida native, representing individuals and business entities relating to licensing, accreditation, regulatory compliance, business structure, marketing, real estate, zoning and litigation pertaining to substance abuse treatment facilities and sober living residences. Mr. Lynne has been recognized across the region as a leader in progressive public dialogue about the role that substance abuse treatment has within our communities and the fundamental need and right to provide safe and affordable housing for those who are both in treatment for addiction and alcoholism as well as those who are established in their recovery.

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