Cosponsor the Excellence in Recovery Housing Act

Recovery housing can be an essential part of recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). However, even with over 21 million Americans in recovery from SUD, recovery housing is often not supported by federal or state policies or resources, leading to a lack of quality recovery housing availability and the proliferation of substandard and fraudulent recovery housing that can undermine recovery and put residents at risk of relapse and overdose.

We urge you to send the below message to your members of Congress to encourage them to cosponsor the Excellence in Recovery Housing Act (H.R. 2376/S.2901), which would improve the understanding of quality, effectiveness, and availability of recovery housing; coordinate the federal government’s efforts in addressing recovery housing; and promote the adoption of best practices for operating recovery housing.  

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Cosponsor the Excellence in Recovery Housing Act

Dear [Decision Maker],

I write to urge you to cosponsor the Excellence in Recovery Housing Act (H.R. 2376/S. 2901), which would improve the understanding of quality, effectiveness, and availability of recovery housing; coordinate the federal government's efforts in addressing recovery housing; and promote the adoption of best practices for operating recovery housing.

Recovery housing, which provides a drug-free, supportive living environment, can be a critical component of achieving and maintaining recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). Recovery housing helps many who may have challenges finding housing due to a lack of steady income or involvement with the criminal justice system, and it has been found to reduce substance use, increase employment, and reduce illegal activity.

However, even with over 21 million Americans in recovery from SUD, recovery housing is often not supported by federal or state policies or resources. It often operates outside the traditional addiction treatment and supportive housing systems, and many states do not regulate recovery housing or require accreditation. This has led to inconsistencies in the quality of recovery housing, a lack of quality recovery housing availability, and the proliferation of substandard and fraudulent recovery housing that can undermine recovery and put residents at risk of relapse and overdose.

The Excellence in Recovery Housing Act would require SAMHSA, along with national accrediting entities and reputable recovery housing providers, to develop guidelines for states to promote the availability of high-quality recovery housing. It would also provide grants to states to implement these guidelines and require the National Academy of Sciences to study recovery housing and make recommendations for increasing availability, improving data collection, and improving inclusivity for individuals who use medications for addiction treatment. The bill would also create an interagency working group to increase federal agency collaboration in promoting the availability of high-quality recovery housing.

Thank you for your consideration. I hope you will cosponsor the Excellence in Recovery Housing Act to help expand high-quality recovery housing for those recovering from substance use disorder.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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