Licenses and Accreditations

DHCS California Department of Health Care Services

The Substance Use Disorder Compliance (SUDC) Division Licensing and Certification Branch (LCB) within DHCS plays a crucial role in assuring the provision of quality services to all program participants. They oversee and regulate a state-wide system of alcohol and other drug recovery and treatment facilities and programs, ensuring a safe and healthful environment. With their expertise, they certify counselors who are dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of those in need.

The Joint Commission: A Trusted Partner in Patient Care

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes The Joint Commission as the authority that accredits Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs). These programs, which involve opioid agonist medication treatment for individuals, must obtain accreditation from a federally deemed accrediting body. The Joint Commission has held deemed status for OTP accreditation since 2001, following federal mandates.

When choosing Joint Commission accreditation, OTPs must undergo the rigorous evaluation process set forth by The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care (BHC) Accreditation program. This accreditation ensures that each OTP program is assessed individually.

To ensure compliance with federal requirements, The Joint Commission posts OTP survey results and corresponding communication on a secured SAMHSA-only extranet site. This verified platform confirms that the OTP is accredited and meets all federal accreditation obligations. Furthermore, any complaints received by The Joint Commission regarding OTPs are reported, as mandated by the federal accrediting body.

By maintaining stringent standards and fostering transparency, The Joint Commission strives to ensure the quality and effectiveness of OTPs, ultimately enhancing patient care and promoting successful treatment outcomes.

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You will discover our philosophy is deeply grounded in dignity, compassion, innovation and long-term success. We believe the parents and loved ones are an integral part of each patient’s recovery and that it is our duty to provide the tools and education to live a fulfilling life, free from the restrictions of substance abuse.

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