Moulton Advocates For Better Bipartisan Oversight Of National Addiction Services
Jul 16, 2016 05:54PM
By Theresa Gilman
Congressman Seth Moulton
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Washington, D.C. – Last week, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) and a group of bipartisan lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’ investigative arm, requesting a review of federal and state oversight of sober homes. This follows a similar request from Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Marco Rubio (R-FL).
“Sober homes can provide a vital service for people who have completed addiction treatment and need a safe place to live as they transition back into everyday life,” said Moulton. “Yet, in far too many cases, these spaces are not providing the necessary support for their residents. We need better data on and oversight of sober homes, and that’s why I’m urging the GAO to investigate so that we ensure sober homes are an effective resource for the communities they serve.”
Sober homes aim to assist addicts who have completed addiction treatment as they transition back into everyday life in a residential, community environment. There has been a rise in unregulated sober homes across the country in the past several years. This has resulted in a lack of support for the residents they aim to serve and led to serious problems for neighbors and local governments.
In the letter, Moulton calls on the GAO to obtain information on a number of key factors, including the number of sober homes in each state, how many individuals they serve, how they can be regulated at each level of government, how effective their services are, and their relationship with Medicaid and other federally-funded healthcare programs.
A copy of the letter can be found here. The letter was also signed by Reps. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Ken Calvert (R-CA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ed Royce (R-CA), Bill Keating (D-MA), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Katherine Clark (D-MA), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), and Mia Love (R-UT).
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