On Wednesday, May 2nd, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal convened a roundtable to discuss proposed legislation related to sober homes at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Leaders and members from the Litchfield County Opiate Task Force, including the hospital, McCall Center For Behavioral health, opioid advocates, and area non-profit and community organizations attended the session offering insight on the benefits and challenges related to the this important issue.
The discussion highlighted the proposed Ensuring Access to Quality Recovery Living Act of 2018 and findings from the recently released Government Accountability Office report that reviewed federal and state oversight of recovery housing, or “sober living homes”. These homes can be effective for those in recovery from addiction, but investigations have also found examples of facilities taking advantage of individuals or pushing them back into addiction. The bill seeks to authorize the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to develop best practices for recovery living facilities and to provide technical assistance and support to states working to adopt best practices.