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Relating to a study on expanding recovery housing in this state.
According to the Legislative Budget Board, no fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1465 would compel the Health and Human Services Commission to conduct a study to evaluate the current status of and opportunities, challenges, and needs to expand recovery housing for people recovering from opioid addiction in this state.
The study shall: (1) identify and evaluate state and federal regulations relevant to recovery housing; (2) create focus groups with community stakeholders interested in recovery housing; (3) interview stakeholders and experts in recovery housing that represent both rural and urban areas of this state; (4) conduct site visits to recovery houses, including site visits to recovery houses demonstrating different models of recovery housing in both rural and urban areas of this state; and (5) review scholarly research on recovery housing.
While we are neutral because conducting this study does not affect our liberty principles, we note that the results of this study could form the basis for future legislation that we would be likely to oppose if it involved handing out taxpayer dollars to subsidize recovery housing for people recovering from opioid addiction. This belongs squarely in the domain of the charitable nonprofit sector and not at the expense of taxpayers.