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B. Specifies that the credentialing entity of both the recovery residence and the recovery residence administrator will be a nonprofit organization (not necessarily one that is tax exempt) that “develops, administers professional, facility, or organization certification programs according to applicable nationally recognized certification or psychometric standards,” and requires the credentialing entity to:

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B. Specifies that the credentialing entity of both the recovery residence and the recovery residence administrator will be a nonprofit organization (not necessarily one that is tax exempt) that “develops, administers professional, facility, or organization certification programs according to applicable nationally recognized certification or psychometric standards,” and requires the credentialing entity to:

• Establish the recovery residence certification requirements. Interestingly, the Legislature, which states that those in recovery are vulnerable and need to be protected, is offloading to an unspecified nonprofit organization (which anyone can form in five minutes) the responsibility for developing certification requirements;

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• Require recovery residences (who are volunteering to be regulated) to submit documents such as job descriptions, drug testing procedures and requirements, to be managed by a “certified recovery residence administrator.”

The Bill also states that a recovery residence cannot be certified if an owner, director or CFO plead guilty, no contest or was found guilty of certain offenses. Moreover, the non-governmental, not for profit certifying body has authority to suspend or revoke a certification if the entity determines the residence isn’t complying with the law. No due process is required. Ohm, and finally, as of July 1, 2016, a provider licensed under Chapter 397 may not refer a patient (current or discharged) to a recovery residence unless the residence, which is not required to be certified, actually becomes certified, making the voluntary certification requirement, ummm… mandatory!.

Seriously? It’s an interesting piece of legislation, to be sure. The Legislature thinks those in recovery are vulnerable and need protection, but are not willing to specify (1) a governmental entity that is responsible for protecting these people, or (2) take any direct responsibility for the well-being of such people. It’s as if the Legislature is saying “This is really important, so someone (other than us) should deal with it.” And it’s confusing as hell, right? “There’s no need to be certified. It’s completely voluntary.” Except for the fact that they will be out of business on July 1, 2016 if they’re not all certified!

If the law passes, it will be very important to see which nonprofit organization emerges to fulfill the traditional role of the government and to see what connection it may have had to the process of this Bill becoming law. Some might even think it makes sense to explore that BEFORE the bill is voted on!

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