California’s Rehab Reform Laws Looking To Clean Up The System

California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, recently approved several legislative changes, allowing for a series of measures that’ll work towards reforming and improving the state’s troubled and under-regulated rehabilitation system, to the benefit of organizations like Marijuana Rehab and the people that need help.

One of the new laws is a ban on patient brokering, as well as changes to the standard of the industry, which comes hot on the heels of the media putting the state’s recovery industry, which would require all rehabs in the state, like Marijuana Rehab, to refer to either evidence-based models, or the American Society of Addiction Medicine treatment’s criteria for the minimum standard of care for their patients.

State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) describes California’s recovery industry as an unbelievably unregulated field, and that the government would be working to deal with the issue by legally demanding that facilities in the state have standards and credible scientific evidence to back them up, before they receive licensing from the government. He hopes that this might help with the problem, even in a small way, and maybe save some lives.

The legislation also gives the California State Department of Health Care Services half a decade to work out the kinks.

The law reads that it would require the department to set specified standards for recovery facilities, to be added to the minimum requirements needed for licensure in the state. The bill will also authorize the department with the power to implement, interpret, and or define specifics on the requirement by means of plans or provider bulletins or similar instructions, until the regulations are adopted and solidified, and requires that the Department of Health Care Services be able to adopt the regulations by January of 2023.

The governor has also given approval to other rehab-related legislation, which will include a new bill that’ll ban patient brokering, and another that makes rehab licenses provisional for the first year, and revocable, as per the discretion of the government.

There were some proposals that either didn’t pass or never made it to the final legislation, which reportedly would’ve increased sober living home standards and create criminal consequences for any form of patient brokering.

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