Frankel, Rubio call for federal review of sober home oversight

Congresswoman Los Frankel and Sen. Marco Rubio have joined a bipartisan call for a review of federal and state oversight of sober homes.

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel

“Sober homes are supposed to be the last step in addiction recovery, where individuals prepare to transition back into the community,” Frankel said last week in a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

“Sadly, in too many cases, sober homes are failing both the patients and the communities in which they live. Information from GAO will help us crack down on abusive sober homes and protect those in recovery.”

Frankel’s letter was co-signed by Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT). Their letter follows a similar request sent to the GAO on June 2 by Rubio and Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

The letters ask GAO for 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.

Frankel’s letter can be read by clicking this link: congressional_letter_to_gao_on_sober_homes.

The letter was also signed by Reps. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), 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), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), and Mia Love (R-UT).



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