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Recovery residence certification bill moves in West Virginia Senate

By TAYLOR STUCK

The Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As more people need safe communities to begin recovery from addiction, legislators are working to pass a law to ensure those spaces are safe to live in.

The Senate Health and Human Resources Committee on Tuesday passed House Bill 2530, which will allow recovery residences, also known as sober living houses, to voluntarily become certified with the state of West Virginia. Only certified recovery residences will be able to take referrals from state agencies.

The bill was drafted with help from Huntington officials and the Association of Recovery Residences. The city of Charleston also supports the bill, said committee chairman Sen. Mike Maroney, R-Marshall.

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