Sober living homes: Prescott’s count is down 77%; Prescott Valley is up about 33%; encouraging to see Legislature taking interest, says Evan Bolick, Rose Law Group litigator

Prescott wondering if legislature will undo local rules; PV welcomes state help

By Cindy Barks | Daily Courier

Since new regulations on sober living homes took effect in Prescott in early 2017, the number of the homes has dropped by about 77 percent.

Although other factors were involved as well, such as stricter enforcement of claim rules by insurance companies, the city has credited its new ordinance with helping to get control of the burgeoning problem.

Now, the fate of the local ordinance is uncertain as the Arizona Legislature considers a bill that would require registration and regulation of the homes on a statewide basis.

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“Given the accommodations afforded to sober living homes, it is encouraging to see the state Legislature taking an interest in ensuring they will be run in accordance with certain standards and are actually achieving their stated purposes. Under the right conditions, sober living homes can be a beneficial addition to their communities, and this proposal would be a good first step towards ensuring harmony between such homes and their oftentimes residential neighbors.”

~Evan Bolick

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