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1. What kinds of facilities provide addiction services in Arizona?

Types of Facilities

Behavioral Health Inpatient Facilities

A health care institution that provides continuous treatment to a patient experiencing a View More

2. Which facilities are exempt from licensure requirements?

The following facilities are exempt from licensure requirements: View More

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

Licensing means that a particular type of facility or professional may only operate or a certain set of services may only be delivered with the advance and continuous authorization (“license”) of a designated government agency to ensure protection of public health, safety, and welfare. View More


4. Which body licenses behavioral health and substance abuse treatment facilities in the State of Arizona?

The Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) licenses behavioral health facilities according to the level of care and services they are capable of providing to their clients.  View More

5. What information must be provided in my initial application for licensure?

The Arizona Department of Health Services will provide the format for the initial application. The initial application is comprised of basic identifying information, date for onsite inspection, ownership information, previous licensing history of owners and physical plant specifications. This application format is used for all facilities applying for licensure. View More


6. Does a license have to be renewed?

The license must be renewed annually, at least 60 days, but ... View More


7. How long does a licensing application usually take?

Type of Approval

Overall Time Frame

Administrative Completeness Timeframe

Substantive Review Timeframe

Approval of architectural plans and specifications

105 calendar days

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