New Bill Proposes Regulations To Florida's "Sober Homes"
Sober homes are transitional housing for people who have gone through rehab. State Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, is reintroducing a bill to regulate them.
Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein says the homes are intruding on quiet neighborhoods by attracting drug dealers who typically target people recently released from rehab.
Hager tried to pass a bill regulating sober homes during the 2014 legislative session, but it failed after disputes between leaders in the House and Senate. The leadership has since changed.
If passed, Hager’s bill would bring new regulations to how sober homes are operated.
One change would require any rehab centers funded by the state to only send patients to certified sober homes.
It would also require background checks on anyone operating sober homes. Those workers would be asked to volunteer to be certified by the Florida Department of Children and Families. DCF’s website would show a list of those certified facilities.
Florida’s next legislative session begins March 3rd.
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