OLR Bill Analysis

HB05741

AN ACT CONCERNING SOBER LIVING HOMES.

SUMMARY

This bill allows a sober living home to register with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and prohibits a home that does not do so from advertising or holding itself out as a sober living home in Connecticut. DMHAS must establish criteria to accept and revoke registrations.

Under the bill, a registered sober living home occupied by at least one resident diagnosed by a licensed health care professional with an opioid use disorder must (1) maintain a supply of opioid antagonists on the premises and (2) train residents to administer the medication.

The bill defines a “sober living home” as an alcohol- and drug-free residence where (1) unrelated adults recovering from a substance use disorder choose to live together in a supportive environment during their recovery and (2) no formal substance use disorder treatment services are provided.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

25

Nay

1

(03/24/2017)