Recovery residences; disclosure to potential residents that residence is certified. (HB277)

Introduced By

Del. Carrie Coyner (R-Chesterfield) with support from co-patrons Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), and Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Recovery residences. Requires that all recovery residences be certified by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (the Department) and that recovery residences, as a condition of such certification, comply with any minimum square footage requirements related to beds and sleeping rooms established by the credentialing entity, which shall be no less than the square footage requirements set forth in the Uniform Statewide Building Code. The bill requires every person who operates a recovery residence to disclose to potential residents its credentialing entity. If the credentialing entity is the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, the bill requires the recovery residence to disclose the level of support provided by the recovery residence and, if the credentialing entity is Oxford House, Inc., the bill requires the recovery residence to disclose that the recovery residence is self-governed and unstaffed. The bill also requires the Department to include such information on the list of all recovery residences maintained by the Department on its website. The bill exempts recovery residences from the provisions of the Virginia Landlord and Tenant Act. This bill is identical to SB 622. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103500D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/17/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB277)
01/18/2022Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
01/27/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 2-N)
02/04/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2022Committee substitute printed 22105975D-H1
02/04/2022Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2022Read first time
02/09/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB277H1)
02/09/2022Read second time
02/09/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105975D-H1
02/09/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB277H1
02/10/2022Read third time and passed House (98-Y 1-N)
02/10/2022VOTE: Passage (98-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2022Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/21/2022Rereferred from Local Government (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Rereferred to Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/25/2022Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (9-Y 3-N 3-A) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Committee substitute printed 22107122D-S1
02/25/2022Substitute bill reprinted 22107122D-S1
02/28/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB277S1)
03/01/2022Read third time
03/01/2022Committee substitute rejected 22107122D-S1
03/01/2022Reading of substitute waived
03/01/2022Passed by for the day
03/01/2022Floor substitute printed 22107297D-S2 (Favola)
03/02/2022Floor substitute printed 22107373D-S3 (Favola)
03/02/2022Passed by temporarily
03/02/2022Read third time
03/02/2022Substitute by Senator withdrawn 22107297D-S2
03/02/2022Reading of substitute waived
03/02/2022Substitute by Senator Favola agreed to 22107373D-S3
03/02/2022Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute HB277S3
03/02/2022Passed Senate with substitute (30-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Senate substitute agreed to by House 22107373D-S3 (98-Y 1-N)
03/04/2022VOTE: Adoption (98-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB277ER)
03/09/2022Signed by Speaker
03/10/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB277ER)
03/10/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022Governor's recommendation received by House
04/27/2022Placed on Calendar
04/27/2022House concurred in Governor's recommendation (99-Y 1-N)
04/27/2022Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/27/2022VOTE: Adoption (99-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022Reenrolled bill text (HB277ER2)
04/27/2022Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/27/2022Signed by President as reenrolled
04/27/2022Enacted, Chapter 755 (effective 7/1/22)
04/27/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0755)


The McShin Foundation writes:

McShin is fully supporting this bill, this bill only increases the quality of accredited recovery residences which will increase the amount of people who successfully recover which will save tax payers a lot of money and reduce the burden on other tax funded agencies. A win for everyone!

Sara writes:

I am a member of an Oxford House, a comptroller and housing service committee member. I have lived in an Oxford House for about 6 months. Without Oxford House I would not have stayed sober, got a job, made friends, or even gained experiences in socializing and in life. Right now without the bill taxpayers do not have to spend money for people who live in an Oxford House. Members like myself pay our own rent. We all look out for each other and do what we can to keep on an another from going back to drugs or committing suicide. We help each other grow in life. Addicts will be stubborn and make their own choices no matter what residence they are in! If this bill is passed hundreds-thousands of recovering addicts will be out on the street. What kind of help is that for them? many may relapse, commit suicide, and be homeless. The quality of Oxford Houses is great! I couldn't ask for a better place to live as I stay sober and continue to better my life. It is not a "burden" on tax funded agencies to provide help to people. That makes me feel like I am a burden or whoever has needed financial assistance is a "burden". We are humans trying to do better and be contributing members of society. We are very caring and always help people out when we can. It is not a win for everyone. It's a loss for many!

Sara writes:

By the way my comment above was in fully opposing this bill! I support Oxford House and this is what this bill is targeting.

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