Sober homes in West Palm Beach and drug addiction treatment centers were confused about the controversial requirements for day/night community providers. Is FARR certification mandatory or not? We now know the answer. We are also providing information on where this ruling is going and what it means to addiction treatment center’s future.
The controversy was fueled by the new questionable laws that were passed and by random, misleading emails from organizations within the drug and alcohol addiction treatment industry. There have even been personal derogatory remarks and biased opinions omitting facts for personal interest. Such remarks only demonstrate poor professionalism and poor character.
Behavioral Health Network Resources stance is not to interpret either side, but to provide quality information from credible sources. We felt it was our responsibility to educate providers on regulation for sober homes in West Palm Beach to help the understand this controversial matter. We even invited Florida Healthcare Law Firm as our guest at the Addiction Ethical Marketing Practices conference held on 6/27/18. At that conference, Florida Healthcare Law Firm took what turns out to be a highly respected stance against the law and DCF.
Are Sober Livings and Sober Homes in West Palm Beach Required to be FARR Certified?
Halfway houses, sober homes in West Palm Beach, drug addiction treatment centers have been under great scrutiny for over a year. The Sober Homes Task Force has brought drug rehab marketing regulations and investigations. The main focus has been to help protect the vulnerable using legal prosecution, heavy fines, felony charges and jail time. Although they have been quite they are investigating body brokering and building cases. In addition, Congress is investigating 8 drug rehab call centers and demanding documentation on how they have been operating. Congress sent these drug rehab call centers letters requesting detailed and in-depth answers to ten questions. Even with all the new laws and regulations, there are still some gray areas. One of these gray areas is whether sober homes providing day and night treatment in the West Palm Beach area are required by law to have FARR certification.
Interpretation of any law should be made by a specialized attorney especially concerning sober homes in West Palm Beach. Relying on second-hand information or information from your peers could cost you dearly. In light of the misinformed emails, we decided to speak with Florida Healthcare Law Firm, a popular panelist at Behavioral Health Network Resources Ethical Marketing Practices conferences. This what they had to say prior to 6/27/18;
We filed a petition for a declaratory statement on behalf of a drug addiction treatment centerand day/night community housing client concerning sober homes West Palm Beach to get a declaratory statement from DCF in one direction or the other and it has NOT been resolved yet.
Drug Addiction Treatment Centers Fight
When asked about why Amethyst drug addiction treatment center filed for clarification, Pamela Springer, Chief Operating Officer with Amethyst Recovery Center stated, “Amethyst supports FARR’s mission and the State of Florida’s requirement for recovery residence certification. However, thus far, DCF has indicated to Amethyst Recovery Center that it does not require FARR certification for licensed community housing. FARR has stated to us and other providers that Day and Night treatment with community housing must obtain FARR certification or they will be in violation of the law. This is the reason we sought clarification from DCF.”
Day and Night Treatment Providers with community housing may make referrals for individuals who have completed inpatient treatment, requiring them to step down to an outpatient provider. Many times, clients desire to live in a recovery residence to maintain their sobriety. In that case, it would be appropriate for the Day and Night Treatment Provider to refer to a FARR-certified recovery residence.
Are Insurance Companies Involved with the Confusion of Halfway Houses and Drug Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm Beach?
That much is clear. What is less clear for sober homes in West Palm Beach and drug rehabilitation centers is whether the FARR position will be used as another way for insurers to drive providers out of business. One of the things the addiction treatment industry has seen a lot of in recent years is insurance companies using allegations of regulatory non-compliance as a method of red flagging, auditing and refusing to pay (and recouping payments) for addiction treatment. Is this latest complication in the addiction treatment industry an opportunity for insurers to do the same thing? Is it reasonable to expect that large insurer that covers much of a provider’s operating costs will use the alleged FARR certification as a basis for jamming up their cash flow and squeezing operations?
If history teaches anything, it’s to learn from it. The addiction treatment industry can’t afford to sit idly by and watch. Uniform application of the law is essential to avoid unfair, unreasonable and unintended results. Contact us to find out how to join and make your voice heard.
Are Sober Livings and Sober Homes West Palm Beach Required to be FARR Certified or Not?
No, sober livings, halfway houses and sober homes in West Palm Beach are not required to have FARR certification. A provider for day or night treatment with community housing is not required to have FARR voluntary certification.
In a declaratory statement filed 8/21/18, a provider for day or night treatment with community housing is not required to comply with the voluntary certification requirements outlined in sections 397.487 and 397.4871, F.S. in order to operate the community housing portion of its license. The standards for this licensing component are found in Rule 65D-30-0081, F.A.C. Done and Ordered at Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, this 21st day of August 2018.
Attorneys from the Florida Healthcare Law Firm are passionate and highly respected in the behavioral healthcare field. They held a live call, on June 26, 2018, to present an urgently needed update regarding FARR certification. They provided unbias and responsible information concerning the critical confusion. You can contact Autumn Piccolo at 561.455.7700 x112 for any behavioral healthcare legal issues.
Florida Healthcare Law Firms Commitment at Educate at Addiction Conferences
We invited Florida Healthcare Law Firm to speak at our addiction conference on June 27, 2108, in the sober homes in West Palm Beach FARR controversy. They took a highly respected stance to clarify the FARR controversy in front of our 150+ attendees. They have accepted our invitation to our addiction conferences EMP series event on 10/23/18. They will be updating on the new ruling and educating CEO’s and executives on where this ruling will be taking our industry in the coming months.
This addiction conference is on drug rehab marketing practices, Our 5 executive thought leader panelists will be educating on;
- how to drive revenue per admission through superior utilization review and add 20-30% straight to your bottom line.
- using in-network contracts strategically to broaden your referral base and fill empty beds.
- getting paid in 14 days for substance abuse billing
- Google September 2018 speed update
- drug rehab SEO (Digital Darwinism)
- Legit Script the most expensive marketing strategy
- branding; It’s not advertising
- Social media marketing; controlling Your staff’s posts
If you would like to participate give Charles Davis at call at 561-235-6195.
Sober Homes West Palm Beach FARR staying Updated
Sober homes West Palm Beach updates are critical for many addiction treatment centers, inpatient rehabs, and sober homes. The new ruling is changing the path on regulation in the drug rehabilitation industry. Operators need clearly defined laws in order to be able to provide much-needed services. We will continuously be updating the highly viewed post (bookmark this page) and providing information at our addiction conferences.