DHCS offers a voluntary facility certification to those programs that provide the following services: day treatment, outpatient and nonresidential detoxification. The certification is granted to programs that exceed minimum levels of service quality and are in substantial compliance with State program standards, specifically the Alcohol and/or Other Drug Certification Standards. Certification is available to both residential and nonresidential programs. The majority of facilities licensed by DHCS are also certified. Obtaining certification is considered advantageous in gaining the confidence of both potential residents and third party payers.
Providers seeking information on obtaining certification should read the instructions and procedures contained within the Initial Certification Application (DHCS 5112). Applicants must complete the Initial Certification Application and submit all required documentation and fees specified in the application.
Providers interested in applying for a license to operate a 24-hour residential nonmedical facility providing alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services to qualified adults should visit our Facility Licensing page for further information.
Free technical assistance. Assistance in completing the initial certification application (DHCS 5112) is available free of charge to eligible providers. Please contact the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Institute (ADPI) on the web at www.aodpolicy.org or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
DHCS also certifies residential facilities that are licensed by the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, and facilities operated by the Department of Corrections.
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