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What certificatipn or license do you need in california to open a sober living home
What certification or license do you need in California to open a sober living facility? It is a question I have been asked more than once, both online and in person. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the process required to open an alcohol rehab facility and find out what a license really means. Generally speaking, any facility that is operated as a type of alcohol rehabilitation center, is certified by the International Association of Addictions Treatment Services (IATTS). IATTS, or the International Organization for the Advancement of Alcoholism, states that any alcohol rehab program that is designated as having its own specific “licensure” must have been accredited by them. This licensing, however, does not require any formal investigation of the facility, nor does it guarantee any particular level of quality. Once IATTS accreditation has been given, it may only be revoked by those state governments that demand that any entity that operates such a program to be certified. However, that does not mean that a program that doesn’t meet the minimum requirements will automatically go out of business. These standards can be set by individual states in a number of ways. State law may mandate licensing of facilities that operate as the alcohol rehabilitation centers. California is an example of a state that imposes its own minimum level of standards for certification. The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) regulates all residential treatment facilities. Anyone operating a licensed alcohol rehabilitation center must meet the minimum standards of ABC. The ABC has published a list of accredited facilities which meet this minimum standard. Those facilities are included on the form of alcohol rehab center that is submitted to the ABC for approval. Those facilities that are not included on this list, are currently not allowed to register as an alcohol rehab center. That may not be so easy to do in the case of a residential treatment center. Many facilities are not involved in a program with the ABC, therefore their application would likely have to be approved by them. When looking for a license, remember that you will have to submit an application. Since the standard is set by the ABC, not all facilities must submit an application for licensure. Keep in mind that a licensee must be provided with proof of financial stability, adequate staff, and a safe environment. All of these requirements will be put to the test, when it comes time to inspect your facility. If the ABC approves your application, your license can be granted, and your facility will be on its way to becoming certified. Keep in mind that a license doesn’t guarantee quality, or even safety. Make sure that you know the state regulations surrounding alcoholic rehabilitation centers before you begin any part of the process. They are laid out in long-winded documents that are difficult to understand and more important, not all of them are updated. Contact a California licensed professional in this field for assistance. They can explain the laws and make recommendations about setting up a sober living center in your community. When you are ready to begin your application process, they can help you fill out the form, as well as review the documents needed to complete it.