The bill amends Section 40.1-1-13 of the General Laws in Chapter 40.1-1, which pertains to the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. The amendment outlines the powers and duties of the department, including establishing plans and policies for substance abuse education, prevention, and treatment; evaluating and monitoring state grants and contracts; developing a comprehensive state plan; ensuring the collection and dissemination of information; providing support and technical assistance; coordinating administration of state programs; seeking federal and private funds; proposing policies involving insurance and managed care systems; licensing facilities and programs; promulgating rules and regulations; and establishing various restricted-receipt accounts. Notably, the amendment includes the insertion of language that mandates the certification of recovery housing facilities, requiring adherence to National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) standards. By January 1, 2027, all recovery housing facilities must be registered with the department and follow the NARR certification process.

The explanation provided by the Legislative Council clarifies that the act specifically mandates the registration and adherence to NARR certification for all recovery housing facilities by January 1, 2027. This requirement aims to standardize the quality and services provided by these facilities. The act will take effect immediately upon passage.