How to Fix the Florida Shuffle
The Palm Beach County (Florida) Sober Homes Task Force has made real progress in cleaning up the local drug rehab and sober home industries, but the Florida Shuffle has become a national problem that requires a federal response. Until Congress and the White House take the following actions, local authorities will be forced to continue fighting this crisis with one hand tied behind their backs.
Here's how the federal government can help fix the Florida Shuffle:
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided access to drug treatment coverage to millions of Americans, which has saved countless lives from substance use disorder. Unfortunately, the ACA’s fee-for-service reimbursement model has been exploited by corrupt drug treatment providers to promote endless relapse, leading to many patient deaths. Ironically, the solution to this ACA’s problem of unintended consequences lies within the very same Affordable Care Act...(Read More)
Clarify the Americans with Disabilities Act & the Fair Housing Act to allow state & local governments to enact reasonable guidelines for sober homes
Sober homes, also known as sober living homes or recovery residences are places where multiple unrelated individuals in drug recovery live together in pursuit of sobriety. There is no medical treatment inside these residences. They are just a communal living space where residents usually attend outpatient rehab at a nearby facility. The best of these homes are the ones you never even notice are amongst you. The worst degenerate into flophouses, where unscrupulous landlords exploit people with substance use disorder for money or sex, and encourage relapse over recovery...(Read More)
ACHIEVED - Passed and signed into law in October 2018 as part of the Support for Patients and Communities Act, H.R. 6.(Read More)
☑️ Expand the jurisdiction of U.S. Attorney’s Offices to prosecute privately funded rehab facilities engaging in patient kickback schemes
ACHIEVED - Passed and signed into law in October 2018 as part of the Support for Patients and Communities Act, H.R. 6.
One of the many contributors to fraud and abuse in the private treatment side of the opioid crisis is false and misleading advertising. Millions of dollars are spent to gain placement, particularly for on-line internet access, to create a funnel from one part of the country to treatment destinations such as Florida, Arizona, Texas and California...(Read More)