Webinar: Florida Model in California? The Do’s, the Don’ts, and the Other

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  • Date Recorded: December 14, 2016
  • Presenters: Harry Nelson and Dave Sheridan
  • Length: a little over 56 minutes
  • Contact: [email protected] | 888-958-2282
  • Price: free
  • Questions/Concerns: [email protected] | 888-958-2282

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When you think of Florida, you may envision sun, sand, and sea. But if you're running an addiction treatment program, the word likely has another connotation for you, whether or not you ever set foot on the peninsula.

You don't have to be anywhere near Florida to have heard of the "Florida model," the practice of bypassing state licensing requirements by setting up sober living homes in lieu of residential addiction treatment facilities ... and then transporting patients to outpatient programs.

This mode of operating owes its name to the fact that it was pioneered in Florida, but it is used in many other states, and it is regarded as illegal.

In recent years, there has been a proliferation of "Florida model" programs in California, even though regulators have emphatically asserted that it is a violation of state law to combine unlicensed sober living with outpatient treatment programs (which are required to be licensed).

This webinar will answer questions like:

  • What does California law actually say on this matter? What is legal -- and, just as important to understand -- what is illegal?
  • When is it a problem to integrate unlicensed sober living with outpatient addiction treatment?
  • What are some legislative solutions in the pipeline? Will they likely limit the "Florida model" pattern? Will they offer clarification?

The "Florida model" is easily one of the most confusing issues facing program owners and operators anywhere. Like much about running an addiction treatment program or sober living facility, things can appear deceptively simple or straightforward on paper and quickly become convoluted or contradictory in action.

Often the rules and regulations feel like moving targets, elusive when you're looking for them, enmeshed with or camouflaged by other codes and restrictions, and changing just when you think you have a grasp on them.

Let us untangle and sort the licensing requirements so that you can stay compliant ... and can go back to mentally associating Florida with Disney World, instead of a regulatory quagmire.

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Harry Nelson

Harry Nelson

Harry Nelson is the founder and managing partner of Nelson Hardiman, LLC, as well as the chairman of Behavioral Health Association of Providers.

Beyond his legal expertise, Harry is known nationally as a consummate leader at the intersection of healthcare law and business, as evidenced by his role in co-founding five healthcare-related start-ups in the last decade. Deeply immersed in healthcare transformation and innovation; he frequently speaks on cutting edge issues and the future of the industry itself.

Dave Sheridan

Dave Sheridan

Dave Sheridan currently serves as President of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences. He is a national speaker and writer with a primary focus on the development and operation of statewide recovery housing systems. He is also an advocate and resource on fair housing issues.

His professional background is in institutional investments, and he currently advises mid-size companies on matters including asset management, capital structure, business combinations, new venture financing and business planning.

His behavioral health industry experience includes CFO and COO positions with a prominent Southern California provider. Dave also serves on the board of the Chandler Lodge Foundation in North Hollywood, California.

Webinar: Florida Model in California? The Do’s, the Don’ts, and the Other

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