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Frequently Asked Questions
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
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
8. Which Changes Lead to Revocation of a License?
Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (PDDAP) may revoke or refuse to issue a license for any of the following reasons:
(a) Failure to comply with a directive issued by PDDAP;
(b) Violation of, or noncompliance with licensing standards; Read More
9. What kinds of inspections might there be for licensure determination?
Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (PDDAP) may send an authorized representative to enter, visit, and inspect a facility licensed or applying for a license at any time, and especially when an application for licensure or renewal is in process. Read More
10. How can a facility prepare for inspections, on-site reviews and audits?
While the criteria are periodically updated, key subjects of review may include:
(a) Medication management (security and storage, self-administration, logging of administration, labelling, and destruction);
(b) Policies and procedures detailing compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations (including confidentiality, non-discrimination, and client rights); Read More