DOYLESTOWN, PA – Brian Fitzpatrick, former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, released the following statement expressing support for the Certified Drug and Alcohol Recovery Housing Task Force/Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) draft recommendations for certifying recovery house programs and calling for further efforts at the state and federal level on the issue:
“From municipalities and residents, to lawmakers and those seeking the laudable goal of long-term sobriety, the issue of recovery homes is one with many stakeholders. Speaking with district residents – including many in my own neighborhood – it is clear that the proliferation of recovery homes in our area, as well as the genuine concern about their efficacy and safety, is one that transcends typical civic involvement. As such, community members are right to expect an honest dialog and bipartisan effort between local, county, state and federal leaders to address their concerns.
I applaud the state’s Certified Drug and Alcohol Recovery Housing Task Force, led by PA Rep. Frank Farry, for their detailed effort to address this issue with input of all those impacted. Through these proposed regulations, Pennsylvania can provide needed standards for recovery homes that will help ensure the health and safety of the environment for residents, while giving municipalities and residents the information and peace of mind they deserve.
What should not be forgotten, however, is that this issue is just a symptom of a larger problem we face as a community and a nation: the epidemic of drug abuse and addition. Opioid and heroin addiction has taken a devastating toll on families from every region and background and led, in part, to this issue.
As a member of Congress representing the people of Bucks and Montgomery counties I will work toward addressing each of these issues in the collaborative manner required. There is work to be done at the federal level to better the understand the impact of recovery homes on local planning and address uncertainty caused by current federal housing law. Likewise, federal representatives must be willing to address the shortcomings in our current drug education, treatment and recovery programs as well as remain committed to providing enforcement and first responders the tools they need to win this fight in communities like ours.”
Brian Fitzpatrick is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s Eight Congressional District. He is a Levittown native and lives in Middletown Twp. Learn more at www.brianfitzpatrick.com