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Frequently Asked Questions


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

Any substance abuse facility which offers treatment services for chemical dependency requires a license, unless an exception applies. View More

2. Which facilities are exempt from licensure requirements?


Type of Provider


Faith-Based Chemical Dependency Programs.

These programs offer only nonmedical treatment and recovery methods such as prayer, moral guidance, spiritual counseling, and scriptural study. 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 may only deliver services 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 drug rehabilitation facilities in the State of Texas?

The Texas Department of State Health Services Substance Abuse Facility Licensing Group licenses facilities in addition to providing registration procedures for faith-based programs. View More

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

A written application must be submitted to the Department of State Health Services on the following form: View More

6.  How long does a licensing application usually take?

The Department will notify the applicant that the application is materially complete or specify the additional information required within 45 days of receipt of the application. View More

7. Does a license have to be renewed?

The license must be renewed using forms provided by the Department of State Health Services every two years from the date it was issued. View More

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