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Relating to a study on expanding recovery housing in this state.
No significant implication to the State is anticipated.
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.
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.