Bill

HB 707

87(R) - 2021
House Public Health
Senate Health and Human Services
House Public Health
Senate Health and Human Services
Health & Human Services

Contact the Author

Joe Moody

Phone:

512-463-0728

Capitol Office:

Room GN.12

Email:

Vote Recommendation

No
  • Negative
  • Negative
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Negative

Author(s)

Joe Moody
Andrew Murr

Sponsor(s)

C├ęsar J Blanco

Bill Caption

Relating to a study on expanding recovery housing in this state. 

Fiscal Notes

No significant implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

HB 707 would require 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 in this state. The commission would have to identify and evaluate state and federal regulatory deficiencies, create focus groups, interview stakeholders, conduct site visits, and review scholarly research on recovery housing. The commission shall prepare and submit a written report to the legislature not later than December 1, 2022. 

HB 707 would define recovery housing as a shared living environment that promotes sustained recovery from substance use disorders  by integrating residents into the surrounding community and providing a setting the connects residents to supports and services promoting sustained recovery from substance use disorders, is centered on peer support, and is free from alcohol and drug use. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

The study proposed in HB 707 is properly within the domain of private entities and nonprofit charities, not the government. There are many effective programs for alcohol and substance abuse treatment. This kind of study provides a government endorsement to favor recovery housing over other forms of recovery and treatment. This violates the principles of free market, limited government, private property rights, and individual liberty. Texas Action opposes 707. 

Contact the Author

Joe Moody

Phone:

512-463-0728

Capitol Office:

Room GN.12

Email: