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Licensing Requirements for Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP)

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Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) play a vital role in transforming the U.S. into a safer, healthier nation. These programs reduce the use and abuse of illicit substances by providing effective treatments to patients.

You must meet the requirements of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) to obtain licensing to open a new treatment facility or continue operating your existing center.

What Is the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP)?

The Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) is a Single State Agency (SSA) formed to promote substance abuse prevention and treatment in California and the U.S.

Origins of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP)

The Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) originated from the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP). It was established by the California Legislature in 1978.

The California ADP combined the functions of the Governor’s Office of Alcoholism and the California Department of Health’s Division of Substance Abuse. It was the state’s authority for local government efforts to overcome the spread of illicit substance use.

Its main duties included the conceptualization and facilitation of alcohol and other drug (AOD) recovery services. The duties of the California ADP were transferred to the Department of Health Care Services on July 1, 2013.

The current ADP exists under the Health and Safety Code, Division 10.5, Sections 11750. It plays a leadership role in the coordination and collaboration of AOD projects.

Responsibilities of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP)

At present, the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) is responsible for the development, implementation, and assessment of alcohol and drug use prevention, intervention, detoxification, and recovery programs.

It authorizes and monitors county alcohol and drug programs to provide treatments to clients directly or via local service providers. The network of public and private community-based service providers may deal with clients on behalf of ADP.

Based on California Association of Collaborative Courts data, ADP provides funding to 53 of the 58 counties and supports 121 drug courts. The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) database reveals that there were a total of 203 drug courts within the 58 counties of California.

On top of this, ADP also collaborates with other government agencies, private organizations, companies, and individuals to achieve its objectives.

What Are the Goals of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP)?

Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) help individuals and groups become free from alcohol and drug use. These programs cater to a diverse population composed of adults, juveniles, repeat drug offenders, and drug probation violators.

These are some of the main goals of ADP:

  • Minimize alcohol and drug use and abuse
  • Prevent repeat offenses of illicit substance use
  • Offer suitable treatments for substance use disorder (SUD) and other similar conditions
  • Reduce and manage the alcohol and drug withdrawal symptoms of patients
  • Integrate effective treatments with related rehabilitation services that are available in recovery centers
  • Encourage long-term recovery among patients

What Are the Licensing Requirements for the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP)?

According to the California Health & Human Services Agency, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is responsible for certifying alcoholism and drug abuse recovery and treatment facilities.

Under DHCS, the Substance Use Disorder Compliance (SUDC) Division Licensing and Certification Branch (LCB) ensures that every recovery center provides high-quality services to all program participants by licensed counselors and other staff members.

The licensure, certification, regulation, and management handled by DHCS promotes a secure environment conducive to the recovery of patients healing from substance use and dependence.

You must fulfill these official DHCS requirements if you are planning to apply for first-time certification or renew your treatment center’s existing license.

Initial Certification Requirements

1. Submit an Application

Fill out the Initial Treatment Provider Form DHCS Form 6002 (Rev. 06/16).

Sign the application if you are the sole owner of the recovery facility. If you have partners, make sure that every partner signs the document. If your center is owned by a corporation, association, firm, public agency, or government organization, the chief executive officer (CEO) or someone with a similar leadership position should sign the application.

Attach all the necessary supporting documents and submit your completed application to the DHCS Behavioral Health Licensing and Certification Division.

2. Acquire a Building Use Permit

If you own a non-residential facility, you must obtain approval from a local agency that is qualified to provide a building use permit. If the agency does not require a local use permit for your center, you should attach the local code with your application, confirming that you do not need a permit.

3. Follow the Health and Safety Code

Ensure that your treatment facility complies with Division 10.5, Part 2, Chapter 7.5 of the Health and Safety Code, as well as other standards and regulations that are related to state licensing:

  • Your center should provide effective services to adults who require treatments for alcohol or drug misuse or abuse and detoxification services.
  • Your facility may be authorized to treat adolescents if the appropriate department has issued you a waiver.
  • You should submit your payment for the licensing fee.
  • You should acquire a fire clearance approved by a local fire enforcement officer or State Fire Marshal.
  • If you are planning on offering certain types of medical services, you should submit a copy of a valid license of the physician or surgeon who will be performing or managing these services.

Representatives from DHCS will conduct an onsite review of your program to verify your compliance with the standards. This review will have an impact on the approval or denial of your application. They will notify you of any deficiencies they have observed during the inspection, and your team will have 20 working days to make necessary changes.

4. Wait for the Application Results

DHCS will review your application for initial certification to determine if your alcohol or drug program meets the licensing requirements. They will notify you regarding the application results within 45 working days.

If your application is incomplete, DHCS will let you know which documents and data you need to provide. You will have 45 working days from the date of the notification to complete your application.

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Renewal of Application

1. Renew Every Two Years

You are eligible to renew the certification of your drug or alcohol program as long as your treatment facility continues to uphold the required standards, corrects its weaknesses, and has an active certification that has not been terminated, suspended, or revoked.

2. Apply for Renewal on Time

Make sure to apply for renewal at least 120 days before the expiration date listed on your program’s certificate. You must fill out and submit the Request for License and/or Certification Extension DHCS Form 5999, supporting documents, and renewal fees.

3. Continue To Comply With the Health and Safety Code

Ensure that your recovery facility continues to comply with Division 10.5, Part 2, Chapter 7.5 of the Health and Safety Code, plus other regulations on state licensing. DHCS will conduct an onsite review of your certified program at least once during the two-year certification period.

4. Wait for Renewal Application Results

DHCS will review your application for the renewal of your license. They will evaluate if your alcohol or drug program in your facility meets all the requirements for renewal of certification. If your application is incomplete, DHCS will give you 20 working days to submit the rest of the documents, after which point they will inform you if your renewal application is approved or denied.

Seek Competent Legal Assistance

Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) can contribute to a stronger, safer American society by promoting substance use and abuse prevention and treatment. Applying for initial certification or license renewal for your recovery center can directly help make your community a better place.

Nevertheless, we understand that it can be an intimidating task to ensure that your treatment facility has successfully submitted all the necessary documents and complied with all the standards and regulations. Connect with our competent legal team if you need assistance in fulfilling all the licensing requirements for your drug or alcohol program.