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This entry was posted in Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm Beach Florida, Patient
Brokering, Sober Homes and tagged 1/2 Way Houses West Palm Beach Florida, Addiction
Treatment Centers West Palm Beach, Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm Beach
Florida, Sober Homes Task Force, Sober Homes West Palm Beach Florida, Treatment
Center Busts on March 1, 2018 by Charles Davis.
Addiction treatment centers West Palm Beach, Florida is only one area that is under the
new business administration and patient brokering laws for drug and alcohol addiction
treatment centers, sober livings and half way houses. The new laws cover the entire state of
Florida, however the largest concentration of addiction treatment related facilities is in Palm
Beach County.

It is paramount that every individual seeking drug and alcohol addiction treatment and
addiction professionals fully understand the laws. Many seeking drug and alcohol addiction
treatment in any fashion do not understand the risks that are involved when picking
treatment centers, sober livings or half way houses. Even within the addiction treatment
industry there are some “green” professionals that are being deceived in their new roles.
Under the new laws, “ignorance is not bliss.”

Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm
Beach and the Evolution of Patient
Brokering Laws “The Florida Shuffle”

The spotlight for addiction treatment marketing has been on South Florida for some time.
The media has jumped on the bandwagon to get more viewers for more advertising dollars.
Some of this coverage is slanted and irresponsible. It has caused many ethical players to
struggle in keeping their doors open, while causing others to close their doors. The focus of
the coverage should be that the new “Florida Model” is paving the road for national laws
against patient brokering.

We are fighting a heroin epidemic (more than 150 per day) and the stigma of addiction. One
sided stories of South Florida are hurting more than they are helping. They have slanted
that Florida is the only place patient brokering is occurring. Let’s be perfectly clear here,
patient brokering is happening all over the United States. Florida happens to be one of the
nation’s more popular destinations for addiction treatment. Soon we will see the spotlight
shift to other largely populated recovery areas like California, Texas, Arizona and the
Northeast.

Who’s Keep Track and Regulating the Drug and
Alcohol Addiction Treatment Industry
Although it is difficult to accurately measure how many addiction treatment centers, sober
homes, 1/2 way houses and recovery residences exist in a geographical area there is some
data. For instance, the National Center for Biotechnology information (NCBI) did a study in
LA County showing 260 sober living homes with a capacity of 3,265 individuals. The
number is most likely in excess of 600 based on industry unconfirmed sources, while the
unconfirmed numbers in the West Palm Beach, FL area are between 400 to 600.

What to do in West Palm Beach, FL Area and
Addiction Treatment Centers Reputation

West Palm Beach, FL is a diverse community
and a destination for many including those suffering from drug and addiction problems. It’s

beginnings date back to 1513 with Juan Ponce de Leon and had a population of 20,000
native Americans. West Palm Beach’s current population is 100,000. In the heart of West
Palm beach is the Flagler museum, the Karvis Center, Clematis Street and City Place
districts. These are the areas that attract many seeking treatment, however they are filled
with nightlife, bars, clubs, and restaurants. The largest West Palm Beach area attracting
those with drug and alcohol addiction issues is Delray Beach, FL.

Understanding the West Palm Beach, FL Area;
Why Does Florida Have Such a Bad Reputation
for Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment?

Delray Beach, FL Sunny Addiction Treatment Destination

Ground Zero Delray Beach, Florida 26.463416, -80.073960

In the West Palm Beach area is the heart of the recovery community in Florida. Although
Delray Beach is only 15 square miles there are many sober homes and 1/2-way houses. It
has been marked by the New York Times in 2007, as the drug recovery capital of the United
States. This dubbing was due to having one of the nation’s largest addiction recovery
communities and highest number of sober living homes. Other major news outlets like NBC
News have aired stories on fraudulent practices and claimed Florida is generating a billion

dollars a year. Consider this, in 2015, Forbes did an article claiming the addiction treatment
industry generates 35 billion dollars a year. Florida generates a billion dollars, where is the
other 34 billion? According to these numbers Florida may not be the worst state with patient
brokering issues.

Governmental Addiction Treatment Centers
West Palm Beach, FL Listings
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMSHA) website only
lists 92 addiction treatment facilitiescategorized as substance abuse in a 25 mile radius
around West Palm Beach, including Delray Beach, FL. This list includes addiction
treatment centers West Palm Beach, sober homes and half way houses. Even though we
know there are many unregistered sober homes, this list should most likely be over 400
facilities.

In comparison on SAMSHA’s website there are 274 treatment centers, sober homes and
half way houses listed in a 25 mile radius around Los Angeles County. These numbers fall
in line with the the National Center for Biotechnology information (NCBI) study and clearly
show we need to address that all addiction treatment centers, sober livings and halfway
houses be registered and regulated by some governing body.

This article simplistically outlines the new Florida laws and legal counsel should be
contacted for exact interpretation. Our goal is to direct addiction treatment centers and
sober living owners, operators and addiction professionals to the Florida law statutes. This
is paramount for them to operate ethically and responsibly. It also goes beyond
educating addiction treatment centers West Palm Beach, there are laws across the
entire US.

From Regulation to Patient Brokering Laws for
Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm Beach,
FL
The regulation in the addiction treatment industry stemmed from five Florida bills. These five
bills HB 807 (SB 788), HB 249 (SB 588), HB 477, HB 557 (SB 840), and SB 866 (HB 791)
have taken many concerned elected officials years to get passed. If you would like a simple
break-down you can read, “Patient Brokering Top 5 Legal Things Nationally.” You may also
want to read the “Top 5 Criteria for Sober Livings in Florida.”

What Do Addiction Treatment Centers West
Palm Beach Laws Cover?
The new laws cover much more than just rehab marketing for drug and alcohol addiction
treatment centers, sober livings and 1/2-way houses in the West Palm Beach, Florida area.

They cover all of Florida. It must also be understood that if you are out of state and engage
in breaking any of these new laws with an organization in Florida, you are subject to Florida
laws and can be prosecuted. This includes offering any enticements (airfare) to bring a
client out of the state of Florida.

Chapter 2017-179 Encompasses Addiction Treatment
Centers West Palm Beach
The CHAPTER 2017-173 is a criminal statute which specifically prohibits any health care
provider or health care facility from giving or receiving any form of remuneration in
exchange for referrals, regardless of the source of payment for the applicable service or
product. The Florida Legislature passed the Patient Brokering Act after learning that various
hospitals, mental health, addiction treatment centers and sober livings we’re brokering
patients. While the laws focus on addiction treatment centers West Palm Beach, the
apply for the entire state of Florida. The laws also cover deceptive web marketing practices.
Popular search terms like “addiction treatment West Palm Beach” are being redirected to
shading sites, or copy cat sites.

Overview Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm
Beach Laws Passed 7/1/2017

2017 Florida Statutes on Fraudulent Practices;



Licensure application; requiring accreditation for certain licensure renewals.



The new role of DCF.



Higher licensing fees to cover the cost of regulation.



Background screening for owners, directors, chief financial officers, and clinical
supervisors.



Authorizing the department to deny a renewal application of a regular license if
received fewer than 30 days before expiration.



Requiring clinical supervisors to undergo background screening.



Requiring the department to establish minimum standards for licensure of substance
abuse service components.



Specifying standards, procedures, and staffing requirements.



DCF can conduct announced and unannounced inspections.



Limiting referrals to and from recovery residences in certain circumstances; providing
exceptions; requiring a service provider to maintain certain referral records.



Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services can to take action against an entity
providing services without a license.



Unlawful for a person to offer or pay, or solicit or receive, benefits for clients.



In order to be issued a regular addiction treatment centers West Palm
Beach license, the applicant must be in compliance with statutory and regulatory
requirements. An application for renewal of a regular license must be submitted to the
department at least 60 days before the license expires.



A service provider licensed under this part may not make a referral of a prospective,
current, or discharged patient to, or accept a referral of such a patient from, a recovery
residence unless the recovery residence holds a valid certificate of compliance as

provided in s. 397.487 and is actively managed by a certified recovery residence
administrator as provided in s. 397.4871.


397.4871 does not apply if referrals by a recovery residence to a licensed service
provider when the recovery residence or its owners, directors, operators, or
employees do not benefit, directly or indirectly, from the referral.



A licensed service provider shall maintain records of referrals to, or from recovery
residences as may be prescribed by the department in rule.



After June 30, 2019, a licensed service provider violating this section shall be subject
to an administrative fine of $1,000 per occurrence. Repeat violations of this section
may subject a provider to license suspension or revocation pursuant to 397.415.



Making a false or misleading statement, or providing false or misleading information,
about the provider’s, or operator’s, or third party’s products, goods, services, or
geographical locations in its marketing, advertising materials, or media on its website.



Including on its website false information or electronic links, coding, or activation that
provides false information or that surreptitiously directs the reader to another website
in their rehab marketing campaigns.



Entering into a marketing contract with a provider who agrees to generate referrals or
leads for the placement of patients with a service provider or in a recovery residence
through a call center or a web-based presence, unless the service provider or the
operator of the recovery residence discloses the following to the prospective patient so
that the patient can make an informed health care decision.



Information about addiction treatment centers West Palm Beach, the specific
licensed service providers, or recovery residences that are represented by the
provider and pay a fee to the marketing provider, including the identity of such service
providers or recovery residences.



Clear and concise instructions that allow the prospective patient to easily access lists
of licensed service providers and recovery residences on the department website.

Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm Beach
Get Educated on Ethical Marketing Practices

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tackles these issues head on. We have been providing education for addiction treatment
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W2 Employees and 1099 Contractors, You may not be Protected.
6.

1. Many people seem to believe that they are free to compensate marketers based
on the number of patients or the amount of revenue they bring to an SAT
provider as long as the marketer is hired on a W2 basis. Is it really that simple?
6.
2. In addition to carefully choosing whether the characterize the marketer as 1099
or W2, are there any other steps SAT providers can take to help shore up their
marketing arrangements from a regulatory perspective?

Putting It all Together
Addiction treatment centers in the West Palm Beach area have been hit hard with media
coverage on the Florida Shuffle. This has affected many ethical operators making it difficult
to obtain new clients. Florida only accounts for one billion dollars of the industries 35 billion
dollars that are being generated. The media in it’s effort to gain viewers and advertising
dollars needs to be more responsible with their reporting. They need to report about all the
other bad areas including California, Texas, Arizona and the North East. The bad publicity
could potentially drive individuals seeking addiction treatment to another state where it
could potentially be worse. Judging by the industry revenue numbers of $35 billion a year,
there is $34 billion that is unaccounted.

We would love to hear your thoughts (below) on the current status of patient
brokering in the addiction treatment industry.
Connect with ethical centers in the Facebook Addiction Professional Referral group with
20,000 members helping dozens every week. This is an extremely active group with
professionals seeking a fit for their clients and individuals seeking help.

Facebook Addiction Professional Referral Group 19,500 Members with 500 waiting to be
approved. One of Facebook’s most active addiction groups, highly monitored with over
6,000 banned in last 12 months.
Linkedin Addiction Professional Referral Group 14,000 Members
Facebook Addiction Treatment Centers West Palm Beach Connection 2,000 Members
(Only in Florida)
Facebook California Addiction and Behavioral Health Connection
Want to get connected even more? Here is the “Top 30 Addiction and Behavioral Health
Social Media Groups“- Over 120,000 Members.”

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