West Virginia bill seeks to limit beds for substance abuse patients

The West Virginia state legislature has completed action on a bill that would limit the number of treatment beds for substance use disorder patients in each county, according to a March 12 report from NBC affiliate WTAP.

House Bill 3337 prevents additional treatment beds from being built in any county in the state that already has 250 or more beds. The legislation was sponsored by Wood County delegate Scot Heckert.

Supporters of the bill say a large amount of substance abuse treatment beds results in patients from other counties and even other states coming to the county to seek treatment, which places an increased burden on local resources.

The bill is currently awaiting judgment from Governor Jim Justice, the report said.

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