House passes bill to ensure quality recovery housing in Kentucky

As Kentucky continues to struggle with the opioid epidemic and to help individuals with substance use disorder enter recovery, the state House passed a bill Tuesday that would serve to ensure quality in recovery housing services.

House Bill 248, sponsored by Rep. Samara Heavrin, would establish statewide minimum standards for the operation of recovery residences in Kentucky. Residences would be required to obtain certification from a certifying organization and ensure residents participate in key support services like employment training and self-help meetings.

The bill passed with a committee amendment containing an agreement among treatment providers and other stakeholders and a floor amendment adopted on Tuesday to exempt religious entities affiliated with a church in the community where the recovery facility is operating.

House Bill 248 passed with a vote of 70-18 and now moves to the Senate for consideration in committee.

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