Monroe, Pennsylvania – Starting June 9, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) will be able to issue fines of up to $1,000 per day to all unlicensed salvage homes that receive public funding .
During a recent visit to Pennsylvania’s first licensed recovery house – We Have a Choice Recovery House – DDAP Special Assistant Steve Ross emphasized the importance for facilities to obtain proper licensing.
“Without recovery housing standards or protections, there are an unknown number of substandard facilities exploiting this vulnerable population. These regulations are an important step in ensuring safe and supportive housing for Pennsylvanians recovering from a substance use disorder,” Ross said.
Kenneth Ramirez, co-executive director of We Have a Choice Recovery House, echoed those thoughts.
“It is of the utmost importance to break the stigma of what recovery homes are perceived to be by licensing and regulating them so that the public can be assured that anyone with a drug use disorder of substances has a safe place to live and receive life-saving services. said Ramírez.
Under the Reformatory Law, reformatories must obtain a license from the DDAP if the following conditions apply:
They receive federal or state funding,
They receive referrals from publicly funded institutions, and/or
They receive referrals for people whose substance use disorder (SUD) treatment is funded by federal or state funding.
Non-licensed facilities can find more information on how to get licensed here, while those looking for a licensed treatment facility can find one near them here.