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Sober Living Homes May Face Closures
Many sober living homes in the area may close down for not complying with city fire safety codes.
Recently, fire department members have conducted safety inspections of many sober living facilities.
To comply with fire safety codes, many sober living homes would have to upgrade their sprinkling systems, add more smoke alarms and other renovations. Many operators are worried the costs would be too high and they may have to close their doors.
Some sober living homes have submitted waivers, but many of them have been rejected. Owners of sober living facilities are working with city government and the local fire department to reach a compromise.
In addition, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) submitted a proposal to state legislature regarding recommendations to regulate sober living homes in the state. Different facilities would have to meet certain requirements in order to renew their licenses.
Many addiction recovery representatives at a public hearing last month voiced their concerns. Some argued that regulations would make it more difficult to open sober living homes, while others noted that they fall under the Fair Housing Act. Many attendants worried their locations may have to close if state legislature passes DHHS' proposal.
Members of Congress are also considering two bills that would place national regulations on sober living homes and substance abuse treatment centers.