June 12, 2018
Press Release
June 12, 2018
Contact: T.W. Arrighi
(202) 225-5611

Rep. Mimi Walters Votes to Protect Patients and Communities from Predatory Sober Living Home Facilities

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation co-authored by Rep. Mimi Walters (R-California) that would address the growing scourge of fraudulent sober living homes.  H.R. 4684, the Access to Quality Sober Living Act, would require the Department of Health and Human and Services to establish best practices for sober living homes to ensure patients receive high-quality care.  The House Energy & Commerce Committee unanimously approved this bill last month.  To learn more about the Committee’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, click here.

Prior to the vote, Rep. Walters spoke on the floor of the House in support of the Access to Quality Sober Living Act.  You can watch her remarks here.

“The opioid crisis continues to devastate the lives of millions of Americans, affecting families and communities throughout the country.  Those who seek treatment for their addiction should have access to safe and reputable rehabilitation facilities.  Sadly, throughout Southern California, particularly Orange County, this isn’t always the case.

“Neither California state law nor regulation governs sober living homes, meaning those who own or operate these facilities are not required to hold any type of degree or qualification in order to obtain a license.  Often times, bad actors who choose to profit off addiction rather than treat their patients are the ones operating sober living homes.

“The Access to Sober Living Act will help put an end to the fraudulent behavior and unethical practices conducted by some sober living homes.  This important step will help those struggling with addiction rebuild and reclaim their lives.”

Walters represents California’s 45th District and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Ethics Committee.