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Tell the City of Houston to stop ILLEGAL enforcement of boarding home regulations on recovery housing!

May 9, 2022

We must act now. The City of Houston is illegally enforcing boarding home regulations on recovery housing! This is in direct violation of FEDERAL LAW and set a dangerous precedent when it comes to recovery housing! Send your legislators the Texas Fair Housing legal brief and ask them to help stop the City of Houston's illegal activity. Contact Information on legislators and City staff is below, as well as email templates.

See email templates here.

Texas Fair Housing legal brief here.

Texas Legislators:
Senator John Whitmire- john.whitmire@senate.texas.gov
Laura Wendler, Chief of Staff- lara.wendler@senate.texas.gov
Doug Clements, Legislative Director- doug.clements@senate.texas.gov

Representative Lacey Hull- lacey.hull@house.texas.gov
Emily Fankell, Chief of Staff- Emily.Fankell@house.texas.gov
Johana Scot, Policy Analyst- Johana.Scot@house.texas.gov

City Council Member:
Amy Peck (District A)- residence is in her district
Phone: 832.393.3010
E-Mail: districta@houstontx.gov

Houston Housing Inspector:
Scott Kotara- issued citations
Phone: 832-523-5263
E-Mail: scott.kotara@houstontx.gov

Children’s Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 8, 2020

Charmaine Morehead Clarity  www.claritycgc.org  in San Antonio, shared this resources General children’s mental health What Does A Mental Health Diagnosis Mean For You And Your Child? This 4-Step Process Can Help You Adjust How To Talk To Your Teen About Attending Therapy How To Talk With Your Child About Suicide After The Death Of A…

NatCon COVID-19 Guidance for Residential Settings

April 1, 2020

Responding to COVID-19 “coronavirus disease”

March 19, 2020

There are a growing number of resources that can help individuals and family understand, cope and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic: A Message from NARR about Coronavirus and COVID-19 “An Important Message from Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr.” “The coronavirus crisis exposes our society’s weaknesses. It’s time to correct them.” “COVID-19: Protecting Kids from the…

The National Study of Treatment and Addiction Recovery Residences (NSTARR) Project

March 19, 2020

RecoveryPeople is excited to announce that our Executive Director, Jason Howell, is a consultant supporting the federally funded National Study of Treatment and Addiction Recovery Residences (NSTARR) Project. Learn more about the project and how to participate at http://nstarr.arg.org/ Historically, recovery housing research has focused on certain types or specific regions, which does not give…

Is marijuana hazardous to your health?

March 4, 2020

Marijuana enthusiast often discounted research posted on social media channels as “reefer madness”, referencing a 1930’s film by the same name and/or in general a scare tactic approach by the government in the past to reduce and stigmatize marijuana usage.  Can we blame that for their skepticism? Unfortunately, high drama, low fact approaches to behavior…

Journal Article on MAT in Recovery Residences

March 3, 2020

RecoveryPeople Executive Direct had the honor and privilege of contributing to this published journal article Supporting individuals using medications for opioid use disorder in recovery residences: challenges and opportunities for addressing the opioid epidemic Abstract: Full and partial opioid agonists and opioid antagonist medications play an important role in containing the opioid epidemic. However, these…

Submit comment on Joint Committee on Access to Forensic Services (JCAFS) Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Rules

March 2, 2020

The Joint Committee on Access to Forensic Services (JCAFS) Texas Administrative Code (TAC) rules have been posted for informal comments.  The informal comment period started Friday February 28, 2020 and will end on March 13, 2020.  You may view the draft rules by using the following link https://hhs.texas.gov/laws-regulations/policies-rules/health-human-services-rulemaking/comment-proposed-draft-rules.  If you would like, you may submit your comments…

First Class of OWEP Funded Students Graduate Towards RSPS

February 26, 2020

A big shout out to Dillion and Dorothy West and their staff at the Center for Recovery and Wellness Resources in Houston ( https://www.wellnessandrecovery.org/index.html ) . They graduated the first class of students pursing Recovery Support Peer Specialists (RSPS) certification who received scholarships through a HRSA OWEP grant. UTHealth Houston, in collaboration with RecoveryPeople, won…

“Valuing the Voices of Lived Experience”

February 5, 2020

I hope this post finds everyone well and striving to live your best life.  “Advocacy is the act of speaking on the behalf of or in support of another person, place or thing.” (Merrian-Webster Dictionary) Many times organizations work on behalf of certain populations without giving them a voice at the table. The slogan “Nothing…

Rural Community Action Guide for Addiction Recovery

February 3, 2020

A number of US agencies and stakeholder organizations collaborated on the development of this guide to rural addiction recovery. The guide complements both the Community Assessment Tool, which gives county specific data about deaths and factors which may make a community more vulnerable to addiction, and the Federal Rural Resources Guide, which includes comprehensive information about different…