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Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm Beach Laws

Addiction treatment centers West Palm Beach, Florida is only one area that is under the new business administration and patient brokering laws for drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers, sober livings and halfway houses. The new laws cover the entire state of Florida, however, the largest concentration of addiction treatment related facilities is in Palm Beach County.

It is paramount that every individual seeking drug and alcohol addiction treatment and addiction professionals fully understand the laws. Many seeking drug and alcohol addiction treatment in any fashion do not understand the risks that are involved when picking treatment centers, sober livings or halfway houses. Even within the addiction treatment industry, there are some “green” professionals that are being deceived in their new roles. Under the new laws, “ignorance is not bliss.”

Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm Beach and the Evolution of Patient Brokering Laws “The Florida Shuffle”

Addiction treatment Centers West Palm Beach Reading a Newspaper About Patient Brokering

The spotlight for addiction treatment marketing has been on South Florida for some time. The media has jumped on the bandwagon to get more viewers for more advertising dollars. Some of this coverage is slanted and irresponsible. It has caused many ethical players to struggle in keeping their doors open while causing others to close their doors. The focus of the coverage should be that the new “Florida Model” is paving the road for national laws against patient brokering.

We are fighting a heroin epidemic (more than 150 per day) and the stigma of addiction. One-sided stories of South Florida are hurting more than they are helping. They have slanted that Florida is the only place patient brokering is occurring. Let’s be perfectly clear here, patient brokering is happening all over the United States. Florida happens to be one of the nation’s more popular destinations for addiction treatment. Soon we will see the spotlight shift to other largely populated recovery areas like California, Texas, Arizona and the Northeast.

Who’s Keep Track and Regulating the Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Industry

Although it is difficult to accurately measure how many addiction treatment centers, sober homes, 1/2 way houses and recovery residences exist in a geographical area there is some data. For instance, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) did a study in LA County showing 260 sober living homes with a capacity of 3,265 individuals. The number is most likely in excess of 600 based on industry unconfirmed sources, while the unconfirmed numbers in the West Palm Beach, FL area are between 400 to 600.

What to do in West Palm Beach, FL Area, and Addiction Treatment Centers Reputation

What to do while attending Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm BeachWest Palm Beach, FL is a diverse community and a destination for many including those suffering from drug and addiction problems. It’s beginnings date back to 1513 with Juan Ponce de Leon and had a population of 20,000 native Americans. West Palm Beach’s current population is 100,000. In the heart of West Palm Beach is the Flagler Museum, the Kravis Center, Clematis Street, and City Place districts. These are the areas that attract much-seeking treatment, however, they are filled with nightlife, bars, clubs, and restaurants. The largest West Palm Beach area attracting those with drug and alcohol addiction issues is Delray Beach, FL.

Understanding Why Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm Beach Has Such a Bad Reputation

Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm Beach Night Life

Delray Beach, FL Sunny Addiction Treatment Destination

Ground Zero Delray Beach, Florida

In the West Palm Beach area is the heart of the recovery community in Florida. Although Delray Beach is only 15 square miles there are many sober homes and 1/2-way houses. It has been marked by the New York Times in 2007, as the drug recovery capital of the United States. This dubbing was due to having one of the nation’s largest addiction recovery communities and the highest number of sober living homes. Other major news outlets like NBC News have aired stories on fraudulent practices and claimed Florida is generating a billion dollars a year.  Consider this, in 2015, Forbes did an article claiming the addiction treatment industry generates 35 billion dollars a year. Florida generates a billion dollars, where is the other 34 billion? According to these numbers, Florida may not be the worst state with patient brokering issues.

Governmental Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm Beach, FL Listings

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMSHA) website only lists 92 addiction treatment facilities categorized as substance abuse in a 25-mile radius around West Palm Beach, including Delray Beach, FL. This list includes addiction treatment centers West Palm Beach, sober homes and halfway houses. Even though we know there are many unregistered sober homes, this list should most likely be over 400 facilities.

addiction Treatment Centers Sober Livings half way house west palm beach fl that are registered SAMHSA

In comparison on SAMSHA’s website, there are 274 treatment centers, sober homes and halfway houses listed in a 25-mile radius around Los Angeles County. These numbers fall in line with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) study and clearly show we need to address that all addiction treatment centers, sober livings, and halfway houses be registered and regulated by some governing body.

SAMHSA Los Angeles County Addiction Treatment Centers sober livings half way houses

This article simplistically outlines the new Florida laws and legal counsel should be contacted for exact interpretation. Our goal is to direct addiction treatment centers and sober living owners, operators and addiction professionals to the Florida law statutes. This is paramount for them to operate ethically and responsibly. It also goes beyond educating addiction treatment centers West Palm Beach, there are laws across the entire US.

From Regulation to Patient Brokering Laws for Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm Beach, FL

The regulation in the addiction treatment industry stemmed from five Florida bills. These five bills HB 807 (SB 788), HB 249 (SB 588), HB 477, HB 557 (SB 840), and SB 866 (HB 791) have taken many concerned elected officials years to get passed. If you would like a simple break-down you can read, “Patient Brokering Top 5 Legal Things Nationally.” You may also want to read the “Top 5 Criteria for Sober Livings in Florida.”

What Do Drug Rehabs West Palm Beach Laws Cover?

The new laws cover much more than just rehab marketing for drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers, sober livings and 1/2-way houses in the West Palm Beach, Florida area. They cover all of Florida. It must also be understood that if you are out of state and engage in breaking any of these new laws with an organization in Florida, you are subject to Florida laws and can be prosecuted. This includes offering any enticements (airfare) to bring a client out of the state of Florida.

Chapter 2017-179 Encompasses Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm Beach

The CHAPTER 2017-173 is a criminal statute which specifically prohibits any health care provider or health care facility from giving or receiving any form of remuneration in exchange for referrals, regardless of the source of payment for the applicable service or product. The Florida Legislature passed the Patient Brokering Act after learning that various hospitals, mental health, addiction treatment centers and sober livings we’re brokering patients. While the laws focus on addiction treatment centers West Palm Beach, they apply for the entire state of Florida. The laws also cover deceptive web marketing practices. Popular search terms like “addiction treatment West Palm Beach” are being redirected to shady websites copycat sites.

Overview Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm Beach Laws Passed 7/1/2017


2017 Florida Statutes on Fraudulent Practices;

  • Licensure application; requiring accreditation for certain licensure renewals.
  • The new role of DCF.
  • Higher licensing fees to cover the cost of regulation.
  • Background screening for owners, directors, chief financial officers, and clinical supervisors.
  • Authorizing the department to deny a renewal application of a regular license if received fewer than 30 days before expiration.
  • Requiring clinical supervisors to undergo background screening.
  • Requiring the department to establish minimum standards for licensure of substance abuse service components.
  • Specifying standards, procedures, and staffing requirements.
  • DCF can conduct announced and unannounced inspections.
  • Limiting referrals to and from recovery residences in certain circumstances; providing exceptions; requiring a service provider to maintain certain referral records.
  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services can to take action against an entity providing services without a license.
  • Unlawful for a person to offer or pay, or solicit or receive, benefits for clients.
  • In order to be issued a regular addiction treatment centers West Palm Beach license, the applicant must be in compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. An application for renewal of a regular license must be submitted to the department at least 60 days before the license expires.
  • A service provider licensed under this part may not make a referral of a prospective, current, or discharged the patient to, or accept a referral of such a patient from, a recovery residence unless the recovery residence holds a valid certificate of compliance as provided in s. 397.487 and is actively managed by a certified recovery residence administrator as provided in s. 397.4871.
  • 397.4871 does not apply if referrals by a recovery residence to a licensed service provider when the recovery residence or its owners, directors, operators, or employees do not benefit, directly or indirectly, from the referral.
  • A licensed service provider shall maintain records of referrals to, or from recovery residences as may be prescribed by the department in the rule.
  • After June 30, 2019, a licensed service provider violating this section shall be subject to an administrative fine of $1,000 per occurrence. Repeat violations of this section may subject a provider to license suspension or revocation pursuant to 397.415.
  • Making a false or misleading statement, or providing false or misleading information, about the provider’s, or operator’s, or third party’s products, goods, services, or geographical locations in its marketing, advertising materials, or media on its website. This is often done to increase drug rehab SEO.
  • Including on its website false information or electronic links, coding, or activation that provides false information or that surreptitiously directs the reader to another website in their rehab marketing campaigns.
  • Entering into a marketing contract with a provider who agrees to generate referrals or leads for the placement of patients with a service provider or in a recovery residence through a call center or a web-based presence, unless the service provider or the operator of the recovery residence discloses the following to the prospective patient so that the patient can make an informed health care decision.
  • Information about addiction treatment centers West Palm Beach, the specific licensed service providers, or recovery residences that are represented by the provider and pay a fee to the marketing provider, including the identity of such service providers or recovery residences.
  • Clear and concise instructions that allow the prospective patient to easily access lists of licensed service providers and recovery residences on the department website.

Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm Beach Get Educated on Ethical Marketing Practices

Addiction Conferences Behavioral Health Network Resources Addiction Conferences Health Network Resources Addiction Conferences Ethical Marketing Practices (EMP) series tackles these issues head-on. We have been providing education for addiction treatment centers in the West Palm Beach area for 3 years with 13 addiction professional conferences. Addiction treatment centers and sober livings learn proven and ethical rehab marketing strategies providing long-term solutions for the addiction treatment centers long-term problem of maintaining a healthy census at Behavioral Health Network Resources Addiction Executive Ethical Marketing Practices conference series. Each event is in a unique talk show host, town hall-style conference featuring 5 Executive panelists in an interactive forum. Each event features 150-200 attendees and 15 exhibitors.

Click on the addiction conference pic to check out our next addiction conferences series on 10/23/18 with special guest Florida Healthcare Law Firm and 5 Executive Thought Leader business panelists. Contact Charles Davis at, or 561-235-6195, if you would like to be a panelist, sponsor or exhibit.

W2 Employees and 1099 Contractors, You may not be Protected. 
    1. Many people seem to believe that they are free to compensate marketers based on the number of patients or the amount of revenue they bring to an SAT provider as long as the marketer is hired on a W2 basis.  Is it really that simple?
    1. In addition to carefully choosing whether the characterize the marketer as 1099 or W2, are there any other steps SAT providers can take to help shore up their marketing arrangements from a regulatory perspective?

Putting It all Together

Addiction treatment centers in the West Palm Beach area have been hit hard with media coverage on the Florida Shuffle. This has affected many ethical operators making it difficult to obtain new clients. Florida only accounts for one billion dollars of the industries 35 billion dollars that are being generated. The media in it’s effort to gain viewers and advertising dollars needs to be more responsible with their reporting. They need to report about all the other bad areas including California, Texas, Arizona and the North East. The bad publicity could potentially drive individuals seeking addiction treatment to another state where it could potentially be worse. Judging by the industry revenue numbers of $35 billion a year, there is $34 billion that is unaccounted.

We would love to hear your thoughts (below) on the current status of patient brokering in the addiction treatment industry.

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7 thoughts on “Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm Beach Laws

  1. Lynn Maniace

    I’m not exactly sure how brokering works, but my son made his rounds through several rehab facilities in Florida and then last year, Above It All Treatment Center paid for my son to fly to their facility in Lake Arrowhead, CA. He was not seen by a doctor but was given numerous detox drugs and died 33 hours later. He was clean on admission and on autopsy, except for all the drugs they gave him in detox. I do believe this was a brokering situation. Everything that has to do with drug detox and rehabilitation needs to be looked at thoroughly across the country….we are losing a whole generation of kids to this horrible disease. THE WHOLE SYSTEM NEEDS TO BE REVAMPED IMMEDIATELY!!!!!

    1. Charles Davis Post author

      Have you reported this to the Sober Homes Task Force in Florida. Did Above It All pay for the airfare to California? If they did it is definitely patient brokering and should be reported.

  2. For the great good

    I hope you are bring them to court so Above it call won’t be able to hurt more family’s last year there was a artical in the news saying the did not have a detox licenses. Also they pay marketer’s 5-7k for a client

  3. Ben Brafman

    Appreciate the article and information within it. It actually doesn’t matter how many treatment centers there are out there. It matters as to who is running these treatment centers? The criteria for operating a treatment center is the number 1 problem in the industry. Half way houses that market themselves as treatment centers need to be shut down, all of them. These newly recovering uneducated, unlicensed non professional bozos need consequences and need to leave the field, by force if necessary. Got to school and get a real education or go wash cars. Stop committing manslaughter.

    1. Charles Davis Post author

      Ben, thank you for your valuable input. Behavioral Health Network Resources has been diligently trying to educate addiction treatment centers, sober livings and detox’s on ethical business and marketing practices at their Addiction Executive conferences (13 conferences.) We would love for your organization to get involved in educating the industry.


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