87th Legislative Session

Policy & Advocacy 

87th (2021) Legislative Session

87th Legislative Handbook

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87th Legislative Session Policy Priorities

Recovery Housing Study

Recovery Housing Study

Passed and signed by the Governor on June 16, 2021!!!

HB 707 (Rep. Moody)- A similar version of HB 707 was filed last session and did not come to fruition. We were excited to hear Rep. Moody filed it again and that is was signed into law effective 09/01/2021. We look forward to supporting HHSC in completing this very much needed study and are grateful to Rep. Moody and his staff for all of their hard work and support.

  • Assigned to House Public Health committee
  • Conduct a study on expansion of recovery housing in rural and urban areas across Texas
  • Identify the impact of state and federal regulatory deficiencies on recovery housing
  • Identify the current status of recovery housing in Texas

What does it do?

This bill asks the Health and Human Services Commission to conduct a study to evaluate:

  • the current status of and opportunities, challenges, and needs to expand recovery housing;
  • identify and evaluate state and federal regulatory deficiencies and potential impacts on recovery housing, including:
    • the impacts on local government resources and interests of the surrounding community;
  • create focus groups with community stakeholders interested in recovery housing;
  • interview stakeholders and experts in recovery housing that represent both rural and urban areas of this state;
  • conduct site visits to recovery houses, including:
    • site visits to recovery houses demonstrating different models of recovery housing in both rural and urban areas of this state;
  • review scholarly research on recovery housing.

Not later than December 1, 2022, the Health and Human Services Commission shall prepare and submit to the legislature a written report containing the:

  • results of the study and
  • recommendations for legislative or other action,
  • including policy changes and
  • the adoption or implementation of best practices and
  • training and technical assistance resources


Help inform the research for this study.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Trey Marchbanks: trey@ppri.tamu.edu

To register to be interviewed: https://ppri2.limequery.org/




Patient Brokering
Community Recovery Organizations
Overdose Bystander Law
Voluntary Recovery Housing Certification

Adminstrative Branch