FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2016
Recommendations for Certifying Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Recovery Houses Now Available for Public Comment
Harrisburg, PA — The Certified Drug and Alcohol Recovery Housing Taskforce has submitted its recommendations to the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) for certifying recovery houses in the Commonwealth. The draft recommendations are now available online at http://www.ddap.pa.gov/treatment/Pages/Recovery-House-Certification-Recommendations.aspx for 30 days for public comment. Following the public comment period and final DDAP review of the recommendations and comments, the Department will announce the final standards for recovery housing certification and the process for becoming certified.
“The vigorous dialogue among the taskforce and state lawmakers has been very productive in getting us to this point,” said DDAP Secretary Gary Tennis. “Laying the groundwork for a process that will affect tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians for years to come must be done smartly and strategically. We committed to taking great care to develop a sound, well thought out policy that best serves all the members of our communities, and this taskforce has done that. We look forward to considering the public’s input before we implement the certification process.”
Led by PRO-A, Pennsylvania’s statewide alliance of recovery organizations, the Certified Drug and Alcohol Recovery Housing Taskforce was charged with developing and submitting recommendations to DDAP on the certification of drug and alcohol recovery houses, taking into consideration related issues such as the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, protection of consumers, legitimate community concerns, discriminatory practices and recovery house owners and operators.
The taskforce includes representation from law enforcement, treatment providers, recovery housing operators, county and state drug and alcohol agencies, and advocacy and recovery-support groups.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jason Snyder, 717-547-3314