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Addiction Treatment Centers

  1. What does it mean to be "licensed," "certified," "registered," or "accredited" in this industry?

  2. A license means that a facility or professional may operate or may deliver services with the advance and continuous authorization of a designated government agency, which is done to ensure protection of public health, safety, and welfare. Read More

  3. Which addiction treatment facilities are required to be licensed and what kind of services can they provide?

  4. In Texas, as in most states, any substance abuse facility that offers treatment services for chemical dependency requires a license, unless an exception applies. Read More

  5. Which addiction treatment facilities are exempt from licensure requirements?

  6. Type of Provider Reason
    Faith-Based Chemical Dependency Programs

    These programs are conducted by religious organizations and offer only nonmedical treatment and recovery methods such as prayer, moral guidance, spiritual counseling, and scriptural study. Read More

  7. Which body licenses drug rehabilitation facilities in the State of Texas?

  8. As of September 1, 2017, regulatory authority over licensed substance abuse treatment facilities was transferred from the DSHS to HHSC. Read More

  9. What information must be provided in an initial application for licensure?

  10. A written application must be submitted to HHSC on form available Read More

  11. How long does a licensing application usually take?

  12. HHSC will notify the applicant that the application is materially complete or specify the additional information required within 45 days of receipt of the application. Read More

  13. Does a license have to be renewed?

  14. The license must be renewed using forms provided by HHSC every two years from the date on which it was issued. Read More

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