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The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) offers a voluntary facility certification to both residential and nonresidential 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. DHCS released updated Alcohol and/or Other Drug Certification Standards (revised February 2020) which take effect on July 1, 2020. Currently, certified SUD programs or programs seeking initial DHCS certification shall have until July 1, 2020 to comply with these standards. The majority of facilities licensed by DHCS are also certified.
Providers interested in applying for a license to operate a residential nonmedical facility providing alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services to qualified adults should visit our Facility Licensing page for further information.
Providers seeking information on obtaining certification should read the instructions and procedures contained within the Initial Treatment Provider Application (DHCS 6002). Applicants must complete the Initial Treatment Provider Application and submit all required documentation and fees specified in the application.
Providers seeking information on adding or revising services to an existing certified facility should read the instructions and procedures contained within the Supplemental Application Request for Additional Services (DHCS 5255). Applicants must complete the Supplemental Application Request for Additional Services and submit all required documentation and fees specified in the application.
Please contact the Licensing and Certification Division by calling (916) 322-2911 or by e-mail LCDQuestions@dhcs.ca.gov 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.