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Recovery Residence Discharge Policy

Concerning the discharge of a client from a recovery residence.
2023 Regular Session
Human Services
Bill Summary

The bill transfers responsibility for regulating recovery residences from the department of public health and environment to the department of health and human services.

Upon admission of a client to a recovery residence, the recovery residence must obtain a signed program agreement from the client regarding the requirements the client must meet to reside at the recovery residence. The residence must also create a relapse plan that must be implemented if the client returns to the use of alcohol or drugs.

The bill requires a recovery residence to implement a client discharge and transfer policy to discharge or transfer a client from a recovery residence in certain circumstances. The policy must be approved by the recovery residence's certifying body before a discharge or transfer may occur.

A recovery residence is allowed to discharge or transfer a client with 24-hours' notice in certain circumstances and to immediately discharge or transfer a client if the client is found in possession of alcohol or drugs.

The bill requires that prior to discharging a client from a recovery residence, the recovery residence shall provide the client with referrals to treatment or support services, alternative housing options, and recommendations for follow-up care.

A recovery residence shall make its code of conduct, drug screening policy, and discharge and transfer policy accessible in all common areas of the residence and may not discriminate based on age, gender, race, or any other basis prohibited by law when determining whether to discharge or transfer a client.

The bill requires the certifying body to establish a grievance and appeal process for clients to use when they believe they have been wrongfully discharged or transferred from a recovery residence.

The bill allows a certified recovery residence or client that is adversely affected or aggrieved by a decision made by the certifying body to appeal the decision to the Colorado department of personnel and administration, office of administrative courts.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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