Licensure and Regulation

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office is responsible for oversight of the licensure and regulation of all substance abuse providers in the state. Licensure functions are implemented by staff of SAMH Program Offices at the local levels throughout the state. The provision of substance abuse services is governed by Chapters 394 and 397 of the Florida Statutes, which provide direction for a continuum of community-based services including prevention, treatment, and detoxification services.

Licensure Services are required to administer and maintain a comprehensive regulatory process to license service providers and professionals who provide substance abuse services to individuals and families who are at risk of or challenged by substance abuse. This licensure process is governed and regulated by Chapter 397, F.S., and Chapter 65D-30, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). Minimum standards for licensure are specified for the following program components:  addictions receiving facilities, detoxification, intensive inpatient treatment, residential treatment, day or night treatment with host homes, day or night treatment with community housing, day or night treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, continuing care, intervention, prevention, and medication-assisted treatment for opiate addiction. Specific criteria must be met in order for an agency to receive a license for any of these program components.

Licensure Data

The Substance Abuse Automated Licensure Information System (SALIS) supports data entry and retrieval through a centralized statewide system of information pertinent to the inspection, issuance, monitoring, and regulation of licenses issued to Substance Abuse service providers in compliance with state standards in Section 397.321, F.S.  The function of SALIS is critical to the administration of the comprehensive licensure system.  Specifically, the statewide substance abuse automated licensure information system is expected to accomplish the following objectives:

  1. Increase the Department’s ability to enter and retrieve information on licensing through a centralized database mechanism that can be used to monitor the system and to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the licensing process;
  2. Increase efficiency in conducting and reporting results of licensing inspections;
  3. Increase compliance and accountability of agencies in meeting state and federal standards;
  4. Increase substance abuse provider satisfaction by reducing variability in the licensing process.

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Licensure Fees

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