The state law was amended so that drug and substance abuse group homes did not have to seek conditional use permits from the county in order to be located in residential areas as part of an Omnibus anti-crime measure passed about 5-6 years ago despite the vocal objections by KNB and many others.
After many community complaints the law was later amended to require "informational" meetings by operators.
KNB has always objected to any exemption from the public hearing requirement and has never taken the position that they are legal and therefore nothing can be done. KNB has consistently said that the exemption was ill-advised and that residents should always be able to have a say in whether such group homes can be located in their respective neighborhoods.
Providing public input to the governmental decision making process is the purpose of the Neighborhood Boards.
Senator Tokuda submitted legislation addressing the problem but it died in committee. She will be introducing a resolution calling for the Department of Health (DOH) to provide oversight and accountability over these facilities.