How are sober living facilities regulated?

House Bill 19-1009, which went into effect in 2019, introduces new legislation that provides oversight for Sober Living Facilities. After January 1, 2020, all Sober Living Facilities will have to obtain certification from the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health in the Department of Human Services, unless the facility is chartered by Oxford House, or has operated as a recovery residence in Colorado for 30 or more years. The certification requirements will be established by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health.

Sober Living Facilities, like all other properties in the City, must also comply with the City's building, land use, and criminal codes, and any other applicable laws. The City will enforce against any violations of these laws.

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1. What is a group home?
2. Why are group homes allowed in Arvada neighborhoods?
3. What is a sober living facility?
4. Why are sober living facilities allowed in Arvada neighborhoods?
5. How are sober living facilities regulated?
6. What is "reasonable accommodation"?
7. Do group homes or sober living facilities require rezoning?