COLUMBUS - State Representative Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester) recently introduced House Bill 632, legislation to revise recovery housing in Ohio and ultimately, assist those struggling with drug addiction.
“Addiction has been a serious issue in my district and recovery housing is an essential part of the recovery process,” said Baldridge. “The state must ensure quality recovery housing to give Ohioans the best chance possible at beating addiction. Many of the professionals working in addiction services do a fantastic job, but there are bad actors influencing the industry and this legislation is about holding them accountable.”
The legislation is multi-faceted to target recovery housing in the 90th House District and across the state.
To precisely address Adams County, Scioto County and Lawrence County, a pilot program would be created for the ADAMH board. The program would implement two key policies for recovery housing in the three counties:
- The recovery housing must be certified by any of the following: the Department of Mental Health and Addiction, Ohio Recovery Housing, the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, Oxford House, Inc. or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Certification must be granted based on the requirements set forth by the Revised Code.
- Certification standards from the above entities would also apply to individual healthcare providers working in addiction services, regardless of whether the services are performed as part of a sole proprietorship, partnership or group practice.
“It’s time that the State Legislature do more to lift up the Appalachian region and assisting with drug recovery is where we need to focus,” said Baldridge.
The legislation has been a collaborative effort, receiving input from the Ohio Council, Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services and Ohio State Medical Association.
H.B. 632 now awaits referral to a House committee.