Legislative Funded Sober Home Task Force Concludes Official Duties; Will Continue to Meet
The “Sober Homes Task Force” held its last official meeting in June. The 2016 Legislature funded the Task Force to study ethical marketing practices around addiction treatment providers and recovery residences. The outcome was a series of recommendations promoted by FBHA/FADAA that was later signed into law (HB 807). The Task Force was funded for a second year in 2017. Recommendations made to the Legislature included background screening reform. The bill (HB 21) died in the last hours of session in March.
While the Task Force was not funded for FY2018-19, State Attorney Dave Aronberg has made the decision to continue meeting with a focus on commercial health insurance plans, background screening, and clarifications to HB 807 related to which housing must be certified through the Department of Children & Families designated credentialing entity the Florida Association of Recovery Residences.
Led by Mr. Aronberg’s Chief Assistant Al Johnson, the make-up of the Task Force will include some providers that were part of a larger issues group that will no longer continue to meet. The Florida Alcohol & Drug Abuse Association has been asked to continue serving on the Task Force.