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Question What are the requirements for obtaining approval to operate an addiction services treatment program in New York State? (Operating Certificate)?

Answer Prior to operating an addiction services treatment program, potential providers are required to apply for and obtain an Operating Certificate issued by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). Operating Certificates are issued based on OASAS’ determination that: 1) there is a public need for the service at the time and place and under the circumstances proposed; 2) there are no alternatives available; 3) there are no substantiated negative findings as to the character, competence and standing in the community of the applicant; 4) the available financial resources are adequate to meet capital and operating expenses; and 5) the services will be provided in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Prospective applicants begin the certification application process by consulting with the Local Governmental Unit (LGU) that has planning responsibility for the county where the services are proposed to be provided, and the corresponding OASAS Field Office.

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OASAS Provider Certification Page

Information about the OASAS program certification process.
URL: http://www.oasas.ny.gov/legal/CertApp/capphome.cfm
Contact: Project Review Unit
E-mail:ProjectReview@oasas.ny.gov
Phone: 518-457-4384 or Fax: 518-457-1147

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