Recovery Residences/Sober Homes – 2 (Support)

Recovery Residences/Sober Homes – 2 (Support)

HB 369 (Caruso) and SB 528 (Rouson) amend the statutory definition of “recovery residence” to include group housing that is part of any licensable community housing component established by rule or statute. The bills create new licensing requirements for “peer specialists,” add background check requirements for peer specialists who have direct contact with individuals receiving services at a recovery residence and increase penalties for misrepresenting or making false statements on an application for licensure. The bills also clarify that single-family or two-family dwellings used as recovery residences are considered single-family or two-family dwellings under the Florida Building Code, Life Safety Code and Florida Fire Prevention Code. (Cook)