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ME Lawmakers Study Regulations Surrounding Addiction Recovery Homes

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Friday, April 14, 2023   

Public opposition to legislation requiring stricter fire-safety standards at Maine's recovery residences has led lawmakers to consider studying the system as a whole.

Advocates for Mainers with substance-use disorders say legislation to require the addition of costly sprinkler systems and fire doors would close up to 30 recovery homes and endanger lives at a time of record drug overdoses.

State Rep. Grayson Lookner, D-Portland, said lawmakers opted to study the problem instead of passing a bill, to ensure there's not only enough recovery housing but also set standards in how evictions from those homes are handled.

"The problem that we're facing in Maine," said Lookner, "is that recovery residences don't fit neatly into a regulatory framework that makes sense, so that's what we're trying to determine with this study."

Recovery residences are required to meet national standards which are overseen by the Maine Association of Recovery Residences, and include fire extinguishers and smoke detectors inspections like traditional family homes.

The Appropriations Committee will consider adding the study to the supplemental budget bill in May.

Recovery residences are often the first step in someone's journey to enter and sustain longer-term sobriety, and recovery advocates say these homes provide a critical service in the ongoing opioid crisis.

Courtney Gary-Allen, organizing director with the Maine Recovery Advocacy Project, said lawmakers should protect these homes and encourage others to build more like them.

"The bottom line is we need to save lives," said Gary-Allen, "and the way that we do that is by supporting and encouraging treatment and recovery support services for folks who use drugs."

A report by the Maine Attorney General's Office shows overdose deaths in the state set a record for the third straight year in 2022, claiming an estimated 716 lives.


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