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Counselor Certification Organizations

  • Updated Medical Forms for Clients and Facility Personnel
  • Update in the Department of Alcohol & Drug Programs Death Reporting Requirements
  • Perinatal Guidelines
    Treatment programs providing services to women and/or women with children are required to follow DHCS’s Perinatal Services Network Guidelines. These combine federal regulation with state perinatal program requirements.  DCHS has also released the Office of Women's and Perinatal Services Resource Booklet.
  • Youth Treatment Guidelines
    The Youth Treatment Guidelines identify and document the treatment models and intervention research found to be effective with youth. These best practices are included in this document to ensure that youth intervention and treatment services are safe, appropriate, and cost effective. They were developed and intended to be used in conjunction with, not to conflict with or duplicate, other applicable laws, regulations or standards that govern programs serving youth.
    The Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000 (SACPA) provided drug treatment rather than incarceration for first- or second-time nonviolent adult drug offenders who use, possess, or transport illegal drugs for personal use.  Funding for SACPA was eliminated effective July 1, 2009.  DCHS maintains an archive of All County Lead Agency (ACLA) letters that inform counties of changes in SACPA and OTP funding and program policies.
  • State-County NNA Contract
    The Department of Health Care Services provides AOD program funds (excluding SACPA and grant programs such as SDFSC) to counties through a contract process. The NNA-DMC contract specifies the terms and conditions under which such funds must be spent by counties.
  • CalOMS
    Treatment - CalOMS is the state’s implementation of a federal mandate to report on the outcomes of federally funded programs. The CalOMS treatment dataset is reported through data entry in AVATAR. DHCS’s CalOMS Treatment Data Collection Guide supplements AVATAR documentation in describing the CalOMS treatment dataset.
    Prevention - CalOMS prevention data is submitted directly to the state. Further information is available through the DHCS website.
  • DATAR is the state’s implementation of the capacity management mandate in the SAPTBG regulations. All treatment providers must enter waiting list data on the DHCS DATAR web page.