Substance Abuse Prevention and Control

Interested in Becoming an SAPC Contracted Provider?
The Department of Public Health, Division of Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) is committed to establishing and maintaining a strong and diverse provider network that effectively meets the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment needs of Los Angeles County residents.  Minimum programmatic and fiscal requirements that prospective applicants must meet before they will be considered for a contract with SAPC are noted below, along with key information to consider should your agency elect to apply for a SUD treatment contract with Los Angeles County:

  • A contract with SAPC is required in order to deliver Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) services in Los Angeles County.  While having a DMC certification and applicable licenses issued by the State Department of Health Care Services are a requirement for a SUD treatment contract with SAPC, it does NOT guarantee a contract with SAPC.
  • Contracts are issued at the discretion of the County based on the availability of funding and local service needs, among other considerations.  Even if a provider meets SAPCís contracting application requirements, considerations related to funding, community need, or other considerations may not support the issuance of a contract.  Due to funding limitations and current network resources, SAPC may not enter into contracts with for-profit providers for non-Opioid Treatment Program services.
  • If a contract is issued, prospective applicants are financially responsible for costs associated with the application process and only services provided after the date of contract execution are eligible for reimbursement.
  • While SAPC is committed to efficient processes, completing the application and contracting process may be lengthy and at times take up to a year from submission.

It is highly recommended that you contact SAPCís Contracts and Compliance Branch at (626) 299-4532 before you initiate the application process, or submit an application, to ensure familiarity with the contracting process and requirements.

Thank you,

The SAPC Team

To become a contracted provider, please follow these instructions:

Step One: Register to become a Los Angeles County Vendor

To participate in County solicitations, register online at if you have not already done so. Though it will not automatically grant nor guarantee a County contract, registering online offers the following benefits:

  • Online access to County Open Bids
  • Placement on Bid Lists generated online by ALL County Departments looking for prospective vendors
  • Periodic notification by email on County Bids by specific commodities/services
  • Qualification to participate in the Small Business Enterprise Program

You are also encouraged to visit the County's Vendor Self-Service (VSS) Portal and view the Vendor Help Guide PDF document. The Vendor Self-Service (VSS) Portal allows registered Vendors to manage account information, view financial transactions and respond to solicitations online. The Vendor Help Guide provides ways to access needed information that would help enable the County to be more responsive to the Vendorís inquiries.

If you have additional questions about registering your agency online, please contact Internal Services Department (ISD)ís Vendor Relations Office at (323) 267-2725, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm PT.

Step Two: Notify SAPC

Send SAPC a Letter of Intent to apply as a DMC provider.

Step Three: Obtain License and Certification from California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)

A. DHCS Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) certification and/or license

Each agency-operated site must obtain AOD certification and, if residential, licensure.
  • Youth residential services require licensure from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) instead of DHCS.
  • Residential treatment facilities must also complete the DHCS ASAM Residential Level of Care Designation Questionnaire and receive an American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Residential Designation for provided levels of care (LOC) (ASAM 3.1, 3.3, and/or 3.5). The questionnaire and related documentation are available at -Designation.aspx.
  • Withdrawal Management (1-WM, 2.1-WM, and 3.2-WM) in addition to the licensure/certification requirements listed above, must also have a Detox designation on their AOD license/certification.
  • Inpatient Withdrawal Management must be licensed by the California Department of Public Health to operate as a chemical dependency recovery hospital or free standing psychiatric facility.
  • Opioid treatment programs (OTP) must also complete the Narcotic Treatment Program Initial Application - DHCS 5014 to obtain DHCS OTP Certification. The application, instructions, and related documentation are available at

B. DHCS Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) certification

Each agency-operated site must obtain DMC certification for provided LOCs.

Step Four: Apply for SAPC Contract

Thank you for your interest in joining the Countyís Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services Network.

Prospective DMC Contract Application

Please contact Contracts and Compliance Branch for additional guidance and information at

NOTE: Both the State and County processes typically take at least six months to one year to complete so it is essential to start this process early.


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