A certification from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) is mandated by Oklahoma Statute at Title 43A for the following types of programs prior to provision of treatment services:
- Alcohol and Drug Treatment
- Community Mental Health Centers
- Gambling Treatment
- Eating Disorder Treatment
- Community-Based Structured Crisis Centers
- Programs of Assertive Community Treatment
- Comprehensive Community Addiction Recovery Centers
- Opioid Substitution Treatment
Title 43A also mandates that Community Residential Mental Health providers be certified by ODMHSAS if they contract with the ODMHSAS.
Outpatient Mental Health providers have the option of being certified by the ODMHSAS or obtaining national accreditation for purposes of SoonerCare/ODMHSAS reimbursement.
Note: ODMHSAS certifies organizations as the program types listed above, not individuals. If you are looking for information for individual behavioral health licenses, please see the contact information listed below under "Helpful Phone Numbers and Links."
For information about other types of certifications ODMHSAS does offer for individuals, please visit the following links:
Applications may be requested for the following types of programs by contacting ProviderCert@odmhsas.org:
- Outpatient Mental Health Treatment – This certification is for programs providing outpatient mental health treatment (e.g., therapy).
- Alcohol and Drug Treatment – This certification is for programs providing outpatient or residential level of care substance use disorder treatment.
Please note that for residential level of care providers only (halfway house, residential, medical detox), national accreditation is required in addition to state certification to be eligible for Soonercare reimbursement. Additionally, new residential providers must obtain a Certificate of Need from ODMHSAS to be eligible for SoonerCare reimbursement.
Other Program Types
Opioid Substitution Treatment – This certification is for programs utilizing methadone and providing treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.
Please note that these programs must also obtain national accreditation, certification from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and be registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to operate as this type of program. Additionally, new programs are subject ODMHSAS approval.
Comprehensive Community Addiction Recovery Centers – This certification is for substance use disorder programs providing a full array of services at a single location, including but not limited to outpatient services, intensive outpatient services, medication clinic services, wellness services, and ambulatory withdrawal management.
Gambling Treatment – This certification is for programs providing treatment services for gambling addiction.
Eating Disorder Treatment – This certification is for outpatient and inpatient programs providing treatment for eating disorders.
Programs of Assertive Community Treatment – This certification is for providers utilizing the PACT model.
Community Mental Health Centers – This certification is for programs offering a comprehensive array of services at a single location, including but not limited to outpatient services, medication clinic services, wellness services, and services to homeless individuals.
Please note that this certification is limited to one entity per services area, and currently each service area in the state has a certified Community Mental Health Center.
Community-Based Structured Crisis Centers – This certification is for facilities operating a crisis unit and/or Urgent Recovery Clinic and is limited to Community Mental Health Centers, Comprehensive Community Addiction Recovery Centers, and facilities operated by ODMHSAS.
Helpful Phone Numbers and Links
Questions about behavioral health provider status for Medicaid reimbursement?
• Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA), 800-522-0114
How do I check licensing for a mental health residential care facility or nursing home in Oklahoma?
• Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), 800-522-0203
Questions about becoming a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LADC)?
• Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselors (LADC), 405-521-0779
Questions about Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT, LBP licensing)?
• Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health, 405-522-3696
Questions about becoming a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW)?
• Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers, 405-521-3712
How can my company become licensed to provide domestic violence/sexual assault or batterers’ intervention services?
• Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General, Victim Services Unit, 405-521-3921