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SAMH 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.

The Fiscal Year 2022/2023 Methadone Medication-Assisted Treatment Needs Assessment can be found here:

    Licensure Requirements:

    • Rule 65D-30, F.A.C.
    • Provider Licensure and Designations System (PLADS)

      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 is a central location where providers can check on the status of their licenses, track inspections and respond to corrective action plans.

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

    Licensure Application Checklists:


    Licensure Fees

    Recognized Accrediting Agencies:

    Credentialing Entities Currently Approved by the Department

    Substance Abuse Providers Currently Licensed by the Department

    Contact Information: