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Frequently Asked Questions

Overview

1.  What kinds of facilities require a license?

Persons, partnerships and corporations, or other legal entities intending to provide drug and alcohol treatment services require a license from Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (PDDAP). Substance abuse facilities are physical locations from which drug and alcohol services are provided. A facility may provide more than one service. Read More

2.  What Levels of Care Are Offered to Clients in Pennsylvania?

The following levels of care are available to alcohol and drug addicted individuals in Pennsylvania. Read More

3.  What does it mean to be ‘licensed’ or ‘accredited’ in this industry?

Licensing means that the facility has been granted a written notice conveying to the public that the regulator has issued its permission to operate authorized services. These services can only be delivered with the advance and continuous authorization of a designated government agency to ensure protection of public health, safety, and welfare. Read More

Licensing

4.  Which body authorizes and oversees substance abuse treatment facilities in the State of Pennsylvania?

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (PDDAP) is responsible for ensuring that persons who abuse or are dependent on alcohol and/or substances and their families are provided with care and treatment that is effective and of high quality. Read More

5.  How Does a Facility Obtain a Provisional License?

Persons, partnerships, corporations, or other legal entities intending to provide drug and alcohol treatment services must apply for a license from Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (PDDAP) using the form below: Read More

6.  What are the different types of license which may be issued?

There are two types of license: full and provisional. If, after carrying out an on-site inspection, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (PDDAP) determines that the requirements for licensure have been met, a full license will be issued to the owner of a facility and will indicate the name of the facility, the address, the date of issuance, and the types of activities the facility is authorized to provide. Read More

7.  What Kinds of Changes Can Affect a License Once Granted?

Licenses are non-transferable and therefore facilities must notify Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (PDDAP) within 90 days if any of the following conditions arise:

(a) Change in ownership.

(b) Change in name of the facility. Read More

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