HARRISBURG - As a member of the House Human Services Committee, Rep. Shelby Labs (R-Bucks) this week voted in support of a package of legislation aimed at supporting and strengthening addiction recovery process in treatment facilities.
“This issue is one that not only affects the victims themselves, but their families and friends as well. That is why it is so important we allow families to be a part of the treatment process,” Labs said. “This was a major step in ensuring those suffering from addiction receive the proper treatment by allowing families to communicate and keep in touch.”
The three pieces of legislation all cosponsored and supported by Labs were introduced in the House Human Services Committee and would amend the standing Administrative Code.
In the legislative package, House Bill 220
would specify that a person does not need to test positive for drugs in order to begin addiction treatment, House Bill 741
would require recovery houses to contact emergency contacts should the resident leave due to eviction or against medical advice and House Bill 944
would require the notification of a designated person if a patient leaves an addiction treatment center against medical advice.
“I am proud to support legislation that would ultimately increase treatment success rates and give victims of addiction the hope they have been searching for,” Labs concluded.
The package of legislation now awaits consideration in the full House.
Representative Shelby Labs
143rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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