Recovery Residence Residential Rights Protection Act
Individuals with a chronic, potentially life-threatening disorder, who have been assessed as needing a specified regimen of services to address their disorder as determined by criteria developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and accepted nationwide, are being referred by providers into lower levels of care that do not offer these services –thereby jeopardizing the lives of their patients. Patients who are assessed as needing on-going mental health services, psychiatric services, Suboxone maintenance, family counseling, vocational / educational counseling, legal services, family stabilization services, etc. are being referred into recovery residence programs that do not provide these services. Consumers and their families assume that they are being referred to programs that match the patient’s needs. This is very far from the truth.
If Recovery Residences are accepting patients directly from hospitals and detox programs, with a diagnosed often co-occurring disorder that is potentially fatal when left untreated, than they must be held accountable for providing the services that are necessary for the wellbeing of those within their programs.
It is high time that Maryland establish a certification system for recovery residences to provide a consistent continuum of care for patients, and that we require behavioral health units discharging a patient to provide a list of certified and non-certified residences to patients to provide this continuing care.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
If you are able to speak with your legislators in Annapolis regarding this bill on Thursday, 2/23, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-525-6183. Please email and/or call legislators in the Senate Finance Committee and ask them to support SB 553, and in the House Health & Government Operations Committee and ask them to support HB 869.
You can find Committee members at: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmCommittees.aspx?pid=commpage&tab=subject7&stab=&ys=2017RS