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June 02, 2022 - Monroe, PA

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Visits Pennsylvania's First Licensed Recovery House, Stresses Importance of Becoming Licensed

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) visited Pennsylvania's first licensed recovery house, We Have a Choice Justin's House for Men, to highlight the importance of becoming licensed. Beginning June 9, 2022, DDAP will have the authority to impose fines on operators of unlicensed recovery houses that receive public funding.

"The Wolf Administration is dedicated to ensuring that Pennsylvanians are supported through all phases of their recovery journey," said Special Assistant to the DDAP Secretary, Steve Ross. "Without recovery housing standards or protections, there are unknown numbers of substandard facilities exploiting this vulnerable population. These regulations are a significant step in ensuring safe, supportive housing for Pennsylvanians in recovery from substance use disorder."

The purpose of the licensure program is to help empower sustained recovery for individuals with substance use disorder by ensuring a network of safe drug and alcohol recovery houses across the commonwealth. Individuals can find a listing of licensed recovery houses using the D&A Facility Locator.

List of Speakers:
Steve Ross, Special Assistant to the DDAP Secretary
Amanda Ramirez, Executive Co-Director of We Have a Choice Recovery House
Kathleen Molesi, Co-owner and house manager
Damien W., Resident
State Rep. Maureen Madden



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_01.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Steve Ross, Special Assistant to the DDAP Secretary, visits We Have a Choice Justin's House for Men, to highlight the importance of licensing recovery houses, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_02.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Kathleen Molesi, Co-owner and house manager, stresses the importance of becoming licensed, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_03.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Damien Wolfe, a resident of We Have a Choice Justin's House for Men, discusses how the recovery house has aided in his treatment journey, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_04.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs visits Pennsylvania's first licensed recovery house, stressing the importance of becoming licensed, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_05.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs visits Pennsylvania's first licensed recovery house, stressing the importance of becoming licensed, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_06.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Damien Wolfe, a resident of We Have a Choice Justin's House for Men, gives a tour of the house, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_07.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Damien Wolfe, a resident of We Have a Choice Justin's House for Men, gives a tour of the house, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_08.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs visits Pennsylvania's first licensed recovery house, stressing the importance of becoming licensed, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_09.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs visits Pennsylvania's first licensed recovery house, stressing the importance of becoming licensed, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_10.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Steve Ross, Special Assistant to the DDAP Secretary, visits We Have a Choice Justin's House for Men, to highlight the importance of licensing recovery houses, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_11.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Steve Ross, Special Assistant to the DDAP Secretary, visits We Have a Choice Justin's House for Men, to highlight the importance of licensing recovery houses, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_12.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Amanda Ramirez, Executive Co-Director of We Have a Choice Recovery House, Pennsylvania's first licensed recovery house, walks through the process of becoming licensed, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_13.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Kathleen Molesi, Co-owner and house manager, stresses the importance of becoming licensed, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_14.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Damien Wolfe, a resident of We Have a Choice Justin's House for Men, discusses how the recovery house has aided in his treatment journey, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_15.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>State Rep. Maureen Madden stresses the importance of becoming licensed, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_16.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs visits Pennsylvania's first licensed recovery house, stressing the importance of becoming licensed, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20901_ddap_recoveryHouse_17.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs visits Pennsylvania's first licensed recovery house, stressing the importance of becoming licensed, in Tobyhanna, PA on June 2, 2022.