Chemical Dependency Treatment Facilities

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A chemical dependency treatment facility may be any facility that offers treatment for persons with chemical dependency. Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 464, requires facilities providing chemical dependency treatment services to be licensed by the Health and Human Services Commission. In addition, HHSC is charged with the registration of faith-based chemical dependency treatment programs that are exempt from licensure. Faith-based chemical dependency treatment programs offer only nonmedical treatment and recovery methods such as prayer, moral guidance, spiritual counseling, and scriptural study. Chemical dependency treatment facilities are not certified to participate in the federal Medicare Program.

HHSC develops rules that establish minimum standards for chemical dependency treatment facility licensing procedures and registration procedures for faith-based exempt programs; for granting, denying, suspending and revoking a license; for licensing fees; and for operation and care.

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New/Initial Applications

General Environment – Residential and Outpatient Facilities

  • Completed ADA checklist (PDF). Include reasonable timeframes and corrective action plans to address identified deficiencies, if applicable (25 TAC §448.505).
  • Copy of Certificate of Occupancy from the local authority that reflects the current use by the occupant or documentation that the locality does not issue occupancy certificates (25 TAC §448.505).
  • Co-Location: If the facility's physical location for which you are applying will be shared with non-substance use disorder treatment programs or services, please review the November 18, 2014, Guidance regarding Co-location of Facilities and/or Other Programs/Services (PDF). Accordingly, please provide a complete listing of any and all non-substance use disorder treatment services or programs provided in the facility location you wish to license.

Additional Documentation for Residential Facilities

Please contact the Substance Use Disorder Compliance Unit by email at or by telephone at 512-438-4328 regarding physical plant requirements and pre-licensure inspection information.

Note: Inspections must be current, signed, dated, and free of outstanding corrective actions.

  • Inspection by the local certified fire inspector or the State fire marshal (25 TAC §448.1202).
  • Inspection of the alarm system by the fire marshal or an inspector authorized to install and inspect such systems (25 TAC §448.1202).
  • Kitchen health inspection by the local health authority or the Texas Department of Health (25 TAC §448.1202).
  • Gas pipe pressure test performed by the local gas company or a licensed plumber (25 TAC §448.1202).
  • Inspection and maintenance of fire extinguishers by personnel licensed or certified to perform said duties (25 TAC §448.1202).
  • Fire alarm installation certificate which reflects installation by agents registered with the State Fire Marshal (25 TAC §448.1206).
  • Floor plan indicating total square footage of each room and the number and type of bed(s) (bunk or single) per room in which clients will sleep (25 TAC §448.1205).

Additional Documentation for Detoxification Programs

  • Name and license number of Medical Director (25 TAC §448.902).

License Applications

Supporting Forms and Documents

Substance Use Disorder Compliance Forms

Laws & Rules

Texas Laws

Rules and Regulations

Enforcement Actions

Chemical Dependency Treatment Facilities Enforcement Actions (PDF)

Mailing Addresses

Please submit the above items and total licensure fee payment, via cashier's check or money order, to:

Texas Health and Human Services
Regulatory Licensing, Facility Licensing Unit
P.O. Box 149347 (MC 2003)
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Applications are maintained for six months. If the applicant has not demonstrated compliance with all applicable requirements during that time, the application will be retired. There is a six month waiting period to reapply.

An application under Health & Safety Code, Chapter 464, and 25 TAC Chapter 448 is for licensure as a chemical dependency treatment facility only, and issuance of a license under those provisions does not satisfy any other applicable requirement for licensure or other form of authorization.

Contact Information

Open Records

There is no specific form for submitting your open records request. Your request must be in writing and may be submitted by mail, fax or email. Include enough description and detail about the information requested so we can accurately identify and locate the information. List your name and mailing address so we can provide you with the requested information. We may also provide you with an itemized statement of charges, if applicable, or notify you if the information you are requesting cannot be provided promptly.

Licensing General Email, Fax, Phone

Phone: 512-438-5448
Fax: 512-834-4514

Licensing Mailing Address
Health Facility Licensing
Mail Code 1868
P.O. BOX 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Mailing Address for Applications with Fees
HHSC AR Mail Code 1470
P.O. Box 149055
Austin, Texas 78714-9055

Mailing Address for Applications with Fees
P.O. BOX 149055
Austin, Texas 78714-9055

Compliance Mailing Address 
Substance Use Disorder Compliance Unit
Mail Code 1979
P.O. BOX 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Compliance General Email, Fax, Phone
Phone: 512-438-4328
Fax: 512-834-6638

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Enforcement Unit 
Phone: 512-834-6634
Fax: 512-834-6623

Mailing Address:
Texas Health and Human Services
Regulatory Services Division, Enforcement Unit
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347