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.
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
http://camisvr.co.la.ca.us/webven/ 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
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 SAPC_Compliance@ph.lacounty.gov
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.