Program Certification and Licensing for AOD and DMC Programs: Regulations, Standards, Applications and Other Resources


Alcohol and / or Other Drug Program Standards, Applications and Other Forms

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS) offers assistance to Community Based Organizations (CBO) interested in becoming a contract provider. CBO’s must meet the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) program standards and be certified (outpatient) or licensed (residential) to meet BHCS contract requirements.

Technical Assistance may be helpful when completing the application. You can contact Sharon Loveseth, DMC Program Specialist-QA at 510-567-8244 or for assistance. In addition, the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) offers free services to eligible providers. The contact information for CIBHS is:

Alcohol and/or Drug Program Certification/License Standards established by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) describe operational and clinical program requirements that must be established prior to submitting your application.

Alcohol and/or Other Drug Program Certification Standards (05/01/2017)

Initial Treatment Provider Application DHCS 6002 (Rev 05/15)

Substance Use Disorder Services – DHCS Forms

Drug Medi-Cal Program Certification Title 22 Regulations, Applications and Forms

Title 22 California Code of Regulations § Drug Medi-Cal Regulations amended and endorsed by the State of California as of July 14, 2015. The updated and revised regulations focus on Program Integrity and are intended to ensure firm adherence to regulations in the provision of quality services for your clients. It is important to schedule time to review the regulations with your staff and discuss the importance of adherence to the regulations. Because regulations are not at the top of the reading list for most people, there are two links provided for the same set of regulations:
Title 22 Regulations as signed by the State and the edited version that includes distinguished section breaks and headers to assist with locating specific sections, i.e., medical necessity, treatment planning, progress notes.

(DHCS) approved revised DMC applications as of August 17, 2015. The DMC Provider Applications are posted to the DHCS webpage with Provider Enrollment Division (PED) contact information for technical assistance. The DMC Provider Application Forms are located on the following link:

The Provider Enrollment Division (PED) of the Department of Health Care Service (DHCS) provides up-to-date trainings and information related to DMC Provider Applications. The following link offers a wide array of bulletins, along with proposed and approved PED regulations.

Drug Medi-Cal Billing Manual (DMC) and Forms are available on the State Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) website. Recent changes to Title 22 Drug Medi-Cal Regulations (July 2015) may include changes or updates to other forms and manuals. For people involved with billing DMC services, schedule time to review the link below and if needed, update your forms. For your convenience, below is the DHCS web link path to locate DMC Treatment Plan Forms and the link: DHCS Home Page ˃ Forms, Laws and Publications ˃ Forms ˃ By Program ˃ Forms by Program ˃ Drug Medi-Cal Treatment Program Forms

The recently updated DMC Billing Manual, September 2015, is not listed in the DMC – DHCS Treatment Program Forms section at this time, but you can access it by following this link:

Alcohol and Drug Counselor – DHCS Approved Organizations:
There are three (3) approved organizations that DHCS recognizes as accredited organizations to register and certify alcohol and other drug counselors in California. For more information regarding the educational requirements for becoming an alcohol and other drug counselor in California, please contact any of the following certifying organizations listed in the link below: The actual regulations that detail the requirements of individuals and programs for AOD Counselor Certification can be read by clicking here.

Certified SUD Peer Specialists:
Peer Specialists are a way to extend the entire continuum of care and to help professionalize the peer/recovery coach movement. The following organizations are DHCS California approved SUD Peer credentialing organizations.

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) now offers a 100 hour education/training program approved by IC&RC through the final examination process. For more information about becoming a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist follow this link:

National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) provides students with 125 hours of integrated training in addiction recovery education and treatment knowledge. For more information on becoming a Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist follow this link: