Zero, nada, zilch, none, nil, gornish –  

March 12, 2020 – “There is no excuse for their failure to prosecute these cases, particularly when we desperately need an all-hands-on-deck approach to this crisis.”  Since state laws against the practice vary so widely from state to state — and since patients are often brokered across state lines — “it is critical that the federal government step in,” they wrote. In the California Legislature, state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, introduced a bill forbidding “body brokering” in sober living homes and slapping a $50,000 penalty on each occurrence, but it was sent back to the drawing board by the Senate Health Committee in January.

Bates has also introduced bills this session to allow state regulators to take action against unlicensed facilities; require state-licensed and certified treatment programs to disclose their license numbers and expiration dates in all marketing materials; and forbid rehab operators from false and misleading advertising.


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