The opioid epidemic is raging, and in places like New Jersey, the need for residential and outpatient treatment is badly needed.
Our firm has identified the key steps to licensing a residential or outpatient substance abuse facility in New Jersey. It is a document specific process, which must be very accurate before a site visit and subsequent inspection is done and certainly before the license is granted.
To license a facility in NJ, the following is an overview of key information and steps for licensing:
Agency in NJ: Dept of Health, Office of Licensing (OOL) and Technical Assistance Unit (TAU)
Licenses are not transferable so a new license must be submitted on new ownership.
Submit: 1 application form and 1 copy
Fees: Outpatient: $2,050; Residential $1000 + $500 per bed
- App review
- Physical Plant inspection
Qualified and CPR trained staff must be hired before licensing.
There is a specific list of persons needed: Clinical director, licensed counseling staff, etc.
50% of counseling staff must be licensed.
There is a 60 day notice before coming on site by the state for an inspection.
Partial list of key documents needed:
- Certificate of Incorporation or partnership
- Org chart
- Out of state compliance
- Tentative Staffing roster with resumes
- Complete Policies and Procedures manual
- Emergency plan
- Job Descriptions
Partial list of Physical Plant documents needed:
- Certificate of Occupancy needed with proper zoning
- Lease agreement
- Fire inspection
- Smoke or Fire detection certification
- Elevator and Sanitation certification if applicable
- Boiler and sprinkler certification
- Housekeeping contract
- Pest control contract
Once granted, the license is conditional for 6 months, and will be surprise-inspected within that time frame.
Licensing and getting a facility up and running is complicated and intense. Doing it correctly means the difference between starting in 4 months vs starting in over a year+. If you have any questions or comments on how to license or starting your facility, please let us know at