Delegate Kaye Kory, a friend of our Recovery Community, has sponsored a budget amendment in the current legislative session to appropriate $10,000,000.00 ($10 million!) annually for evidence based lived experience residential recovery service providers to subsidize “bed fees” at the rate of $30 per day. In round numbers, this would support 1800 fellow Virginians, for six months each, in a certified recovery residence.
This amendment is being heard by the House Appropriations Committee today, Monday, January 18th, 2021, at 1:00 PM. Unfortunately, “Public signup to speak remotely are currently closed for this meeting. Written feedback may still be submitted below.” Here is a link to submit written feedback - House of Delegates Speak (virginia.gov)
Delegate Kory asked the SUD Recovery Community to submit their support of this life-saving amendment to the committee as just noted, and also share comments to her directly via E-mail. Her E-mail address is email@example.com and please use “HB1800 Item 321 #2h | Recovery Residences Budget Amendment” as your subject line.
This amendment to HB1800 is item 321 # 2h, and here is a link to it:
Here is the amendment verbiage as filed:
This amendment adds $10.0 million the second year from the general fund to the Virginia Association of Recovery Residences (VARR) for its members to deliver evidence based lived experience peer managed residential services to consumers with substance use disorder (SUD). VARR members provide immediate access to substance use disorder recovery services which significantly increases positive outcomes for their consumers. Current Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) overdose response incident data clearly shows a rising rate of substance use disorders in Virginia, with accompanying social impacts and costs. Expanded evidence based recovery programs that can be accessed immediately by consumers with SUD will save lives and tax dollars.