Substance Abuse Services (Support)

Substance Abuse Services (Support)

CS/CS/SB 1418 (Rouson) and CS/CS/CS/HB 1069 (Hager) address issues related to recovery residences by:

•Allowing a licensed service provider to accept a referral from a noncertified recovery residence if the resident has experienced a recurrence of substance use and it appears that the resident may benefit from such services. 

•Prohibiting a recovery residence, its owners, directors, operators, employees or volunteers from benefitting directly (CS/CS/SB 1418 – only directly) or indirectly (CS/CS/CS/HB 1069 – both) from referrals. 

•Requiring certified recovery residences to comply with the applicable provisions of the Florida Fire Prevention Code for either one-family and two-family dwellings, public lodging establishments, rooming houses, or other housing facilities, as applicable.

•Expanding the types of offenses for owners, directors and chief financial officers of certified recovery residences, which would prevent these individuals from being involved in recovery residences. 

•Expanding the substance abuse treatment staff and volunteers who are subject to a level 2 background screening to include anyone with direct contact with individuals receiving treatment and expanding the types of offenses that would affect their involvement in recovery residences. 

•Expanding the crimes for which an individual can receive an exemption from disqualification without the statutorily imposed waiting period, if they are working only with individuals 13 years of age and older. 

•Requiring the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to render a decision on an application for exemption from disqualification within 60 days after DCF receives the complete application. 

•Allowing an individual to work under supervision for up to 90 days while DCF evaluates his or her application for an exemption from disqualification, so long as it has been five or more years since the individual completed all nonmonetary conditions associated with his or her most recent disqualifying offense.

•Granting the head of the appropriate agency authority to grant an exemption from disqualification, which is limited solely to employment related to providing mental health and substance abuse treatment. (Cook)