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Councilman Sal Diciccio's Statement on Sober Living HomesCouncilman Sal Diciccio's Statement on Sober Living Homes<div class="ExternalClassFA9DF4B8AE7A4313803F077A5B9D9049"><p>​"I am incredibly pleased with the new licensing and zoning regulations passed today by the Phoenix City Council in regards to Sober Living Homes. In combination with a new state law signed by Governor Doug Ducey last week, Phoenix will now become the nationwide leader in addressing the myriad problems of this fast-growing industry; protecting the vulnerable population counting on these facilities to aid their journey to sobriety, and in so doing ensuring a quality neighborhood environment for every resident.</p><p>Sober Living Homes are a relatively new business model that takes people directly from short-term inpatient drug and alcohol rehab programs, and – at least in intent – helps them transition to a productive, sober life. Unfortunately, since there was previously no regulation or oversight of these businesses, many are little more than insurance or government-subsidized flophouses – places with as many as 10 people, newly released from rehab, living together in questionable conditions entirely without professional assistance or supervision. Tragically, this lack of minimum operating standards has already resulted in the deaths of multiple people nationwide.<br></p><p>Now, anyone who sends their loved one to one of these facilities in Arizona can be assured that they will have the support they need to help enable their recovery. Included in some of the new requirements are measures requires Sober Living Homes to have a trained, on-site supervisor to assist them in their recovery, a discharge plan to ensure residents are not simply dumped on the streets when their insurance coverage runs out, along with basic safety measures to ensure the safety and security of residents and neighborhoods alike.<br></p><p>I would like to thank, first, the many neighborhood leaders and residents who first brought this issue to our attention and participated in this process from the very beginning. The citizen group, Take Action Phoenix, was key throughout this process, and I would like to especially thank Wally Graham, Jeff Spellman, Linda Colino and every member of TAP for their tireless efforts to work with the City, industry representatives, and experts, to develop these new guidelines.<br></p><p>I would also like to thank my fellow Councilmember Debra Stark, as well as State Senator Kate Brophy McGee, without whom none of this would have happened. Lastly, my Chief of Staff, Sam Stone, who took up this cause on behalf of our residents on his first day on the job and fought throughout to make sure their voices were heard."<br></p><p><strong>-- Phoenix District 6 Councilman Sal DiCiccio</strong><br></p></div>4/19/2018 1:25:00 AMNick Valenzuela 602-495-5405