Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Visits Pennsylvania's First Licensed Recovery House

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The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) visited Pennsylvania's first licensed recovery house, We Have a Choice Justin's House for Men, to highlight the importance of becoming licensed. Beginning June 9, 2022, DDAP will have the authority to impose fines on operators of unlicensed recovery houses that receive public funding.


"The Wolf Administration is dedicated to ensuring that Pennsylvanians are supported through all phases of their recovery journey," said Special Assistant to the DDAP Secretary, Steve Ross. "Without recovery housing standards or protections, there are unknown numbers of substandard facilities exploiting this vulnerable population. These regulations are a significant step in ensuring safe, supportive housing for Pennsylvanians in recovery from substance use disorder."


The purpose of the licensure program is to help empower sustained recovery for individuals with substance use disorder by ensuring a network of safe drug and alcohol recovery houses across the commonwealth. Individuals can find a listing of licensed recovery houses using the D&A Facility Locator.


List of Speakers:

Steve Ross, Special Assistant to the DDAP Secretary

Amanda Ramirez, Executive Co-Director of We Have a Choice Recovery House

Kathleen Molesi, Co-owner and house manager

Damien W., Resident

State Rep. Maureen Madden