Substance Abuse

The SAMH Program is the legislatively appointed state authority for substance abuse, mental health, and methadone designation. The program is governed by Chapters 394 and 397 of the Florida Statutes and is responsible for the oversight of a statewide system of care for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of children and adults with serious mental illnesses or substance abuse disorders.

Provider Licensure and Designations System (PLADS)

The Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) is excited to announce the Provider Licensure and Designations System (PLADS) will go live August 14, 2017. The PLADS system provides a portal for providers to electronically register and apply to provide services for Substance Abuse components and Receiving Facility Designation.  The goal of this portal is to facilitate a central location where providers can manage all of the documentation required by law to receive licenses to provide state regulated services.  By maintaining this documentation in a central location, it will simplify the process of applying for components in the future.  The PLADS system will also be a central location where providers can check on the status of their licenses, track inspections and respond to corrective action plans.

As providers interact with PLADS, they can do the following items: 

  • Self-register for a Provider Account.
  • Enter information that represents the provider to generate a provider profile.
  • Create sites and enter information for those sites.
  • Upload documents and electronic files that are specific for the provider and sites.
  • Identify management and manage user accounts for the CEO and employees who can manage the licenses and documentation.
  • Apply for components and request extensions to probationary periods.
  • Voluntarily surrender licenses, relocate, renew, and close provider accounts.
  • Print Invoices and facilitate licensing fees.
  • Print Certificates.
  • Request Overlay sites.
  • Receive and View inspection reports.
  • Receive Corrective Action Plans.
  • Facilitate the resolution of issues included in Corrective Action Plans.

A phase II scheduled to launch in early Fall 2017 includes an e-commerce feature allowing providers to make online payments. 

For more information on PLADS please contact your local SAMH Office.

Recovery Residence Administrators and Recovery Residences

Pursuant to section 397.4871, F.S., and section 397.487, F.S., the Department of Children and Families shall approve at least one credentialing entity for the purpose of developing and administering a voluntary certification program for recovery residence administrators and residences. Read more.

Certified Recovery Residences

Certified Recovery Residence Administrators

The Florida Certification Board has initiated a new credential for Recovery Residence Administrators. The public can search the Florida Certification Board’s credential database to determine if a specific Recovery Residence Administrator is certified or is in the process of becoming certified. A list of all persons certified as Recovery Residence Administrators can also be obtained by searching in the Certification Fields section using “Certification Type: Addiction” and “Classification: Recovery Residence Administrator.” Click on this link to access the search page.

Personal Stories: The Impact of Treatment

sound icon Have you ever wondered what treatment is like? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office continues to support the journey of recovery by presenting Personal Stories.


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