New bill will help recovery houses

Signed, sealed, delivered: Senate Bill 446 will prohibit recovery houses from discriminating against people with a disability.

State Rep. Jason Dawkins (D-179th dist.) is happy that Gov. Tom Wolf has signed Senate Bill 446, legislation that provides for regulation and certification of recovery houses.

“Many recovery houses do an exceptional job through providing various services for their residents, but others are owned and operated by landlords whose facilities are basically ‘warehouses’ with little to no oversight or programs,” Dawkins said. “This new law will hold those owners accountable because they have to meet the same standards as other medical facilities throughout the commonwealth.”

Dawkins’ language in the bill will prohibit drug and alcohol recovery houses throughout Pennsylvania from discriminating against people with a physical or mental disability, including substance abuse disorders. It will also ensure that all facilities in Pennsylvania comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Dawkins said, “Drug and alcohol recovery houses shelter and treat our most vulnerable residents. I am happy to see that the Pennsylvania General Assembly is finally taking the issue of drug recovery seriously.” ••