Sacramento – Legislation seeking to establish California’s first-ever quality standards for recovery residences was approved by the Senate Health Committee on July 10. Recovery residences, also known as sober living homes, are currently unlicensed and unregulated.
Assembly Bill (AB) 1779, authored by Assemblymember Tom Daly (D – Anaheim), requires the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to adopt specified standards for recovery residences that receive public funding.
In addition, the bill permits cities, counties and local law enforcement to forward complaints about residences, including instances of fraudulent activity, to DHCS. Finally, AB 1779 requires DHCS to report to the Legislature the number and types of complaints received, including geographic concentrations.
“Despite the growing death toll from opioid and alcohol abuse and addiction, California lacks standards to guide individuals and their loved ones in identifying safe, reliable housing that will be conducive to recovery,” Assemblymember Daly said. “By adopting minimum standards for recovery residences, California will take a significant step towards increasing the number of homes that are safe for both individuals in recovery and the neighborhoods in which those homes are located.”
AB 1779 now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for further review.
Assemblymember Tom Daly represents California’s 69th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange and Santa Ana.