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Frequently Asked Questions


1.  What is the "Florida Model" and how does it differ from the "Social Model"?

Both medical and non-medical social model programs offer services designed to promote detoxification, treatment, and maintenance of recovery from alcohol or drug problems. Read More

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

Any provider that offers substance abuse treatment services needs to be licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office (DCF). Read More

3.  Which service providers are not required to be licensed by the Department of Children and Families?

Type of Provider


A hospital, or hospital-based component Read More

4.  What does it mean to be "licensed," "certified," 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. Read More


5.  Which body licenses primary substance abuse rehabilitation facilities in Florida?

The Department of Children and Families Read More

6.  What kind of licenses are there?

There are three kinds of license: regular, probationary, and interim.

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

Licenses can be applied for both initially and annually thereafter using this form: Read More

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