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Oxford House, Inc. • 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 300 • Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
A 501[c] organization listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices [NREPP]
www.oxfordhouse.org • Tel. 301-587-2916
Statement of J. Paul Molloy
Cofounder and CEO of Oxford House, Inc.
Oxford House, Inc., the national 501[c] umbrella organization for all individual Oxford
Houses, is very interested in developing a partnership with Wisconsin to establish and maintain a
larger network of Oxford Houses in the State of Wisconsin.
Bill Lauer, a leader of the Oxford House™ movement in Wisconsin, has testified before your
Committee and so you know something about Oxford House™ – the only self-run, self-supported
recovery home network listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
[NREPP]. There are now over 1,850 Houses with over 14,500 recovery beds. We are in 44 states -
including the 20 Oxford Houses in Wisconsin that have 162 recovery beds.
I am a fortunate recovering alcoholic who has a happy-ending story. I was a ‘has been’ in that I had
been Republican Counsel to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee but alcoholism caught up with me
and, in 1975, I found myself separated from my wife and living in a county-run halfway house that was
closing. Two things changed my life: (1) the residents of the closing halfway house decided to run the
halfway house themselves, creating the first Oxford House; and (2) while in the halfway house I was
hired as a Republican Counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. I held that job for six
years and then joined a major law firm. In 1988, my wife and I remarried and I began the process of
encouraging the spread of Oxford Houses because I knew they worked.
Oxford Houses provide the time, peer support and safe living environment necessary for many
recovering alcoholics, drug addicts and those with co-occurring mental illness to change behavior to
become productive citizens and stay clean and sober. Because OHI has developed a disciplined
system of democratic operation and self-support, individual Oxford Houses – once established – stay
on track. Moreover, the houses are rented real estate that stays on the tax roles just like it would if
rented to an ordinary family. The key to quality control is the Oxford House Charter that is required
for any recovery group wanting to utilize the Oxford House system of operations and the Oxford
House name. An OHI charter has three conditions:  the group must be democratically self-run using
the process and practices contained in the Oxford House Manual©;  the group must be financially
self-supporting; and  the group must immediately expel any resident who returns to using alcohol or
illicit drugs. Last year more than 30,000 individuals lived in an Oxford House in this country and only
16.7% were asked to leave because of relapse.
Two factors enable Oxford House™ to expand readily: (1) the availability of a small start-up loan to
enable groups to rent an ordinary single-family house; and (2) availability of access to on-site technical
assistance from trained outreach workers who teach the time-tested system of operation. OHI is good
at providing both and has contracts with 20 states to do just that. We would like a contract with
Wisconsin where Bill has made a good start but needs help to develop more Oxford Houses.
Our FY 2014 Annual Report is downloadable from our website: www.oxfordhouse.org. It describes
how OHI develops strong statewide networks of Oxford Houses. More than 20 years ago we opened
the door on solid third-party recovery research and the proof is in. Oxford Houses work and the cost of
expansion is very low.
I urge the Committee to support funding for further development of Oxford Houses in Wisconsin.