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New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services


OASAS Certification Application Process

If you have any questions regarding the use or accessibility of any of the documents on this page, please contact the Bureau of Certification and Systems Management through the Certification mailbox.

General Information

An existing or prospective provider of substance use disorder services is required to obtain the prior approval of the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) before establishing, incorporating and/or constructing a facility or offering a service.

Prospective applicants must complete the OASAS Certification Application (application) to request prior OASAS approval for specific actions related to: (1) the certification of new chemical dependence treatment services or (2) changes in the circumstances under which currently certified chemical dependence treatment services are provided. The application is fillable and can be saved to your computer for completion.

The type of action(s) being pursued by the applicant determines the components of the application that need to be completed.  Figure 1 identifies the action category, the specific action, and the corresponding components of the application that will need to be completed. Each component requires one or more attachments that must also be submitted with the application. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

Article 28 Providers

Article 28 providers requesting approval to add or make changes to DOH and OASAS certified services will only need to complete and submit the DOH application to DOH and include the DOH Schedule 20B. A copy of the DOH application and Schedule 20B must also be submitted to OASAS. The DOH Schedule 20B can be found on the DOH website at: https://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/cons/more_information/schedules.htm. Questions regarding the DOH Schedule 20B can be submitted to OASAS via the Certification mailbox.

These options are described in the Application Instructions and summarized in the Quick Reference Guide to the OASAS Chemical Dependence Certification Application.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to review all applicable Operating Regulations to ensure the proposed action(s) is in accord with regulatory standards.

The first step in the application process is for prospective applicants (i.e., proposed new or existing providers of chemical dependence services) to contact the Local Governmental Unit (LGU) and the OASAS Field Office (FO) in the jurisdiction where services are to be offered to arrange for a discussion of the conceptual basis for the application and its relationship to the service needs expressed in the LGU’s Local Services Plan (if applicable). These discussions are required and prospective applicants must complete the Certification Proposal – Prior Consult Form - Attachment #1A (including all required signatures) and include it with the application submission. At the conclusion of these discussions, the FO and LGU will render a recommendation on the applicant’s proposal.

If the applicant receives the recommendation from the FO and LGU to move forward with submission of the application, the applicant must submit one signed original application and one signed copy to the NYS OASAS, Bureau of Certification and Systems Management, 1450 Western Avenue, Albany, NY, 12203-3526.  In addition, one signed copy of the application must be sent to the OASAS FO and one signed copy to the appropriate LGU.

Upon receipt of the application, Bureau of Certification and Systems Management staff will conduct a Threshold Review. This cursory review will determine if all of the necessary components/attachments have been included with the application submission. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant without further review; once the application is complete, the applicant may resubmit.

Applicants seeking approval for prevention counseling services should contact the Bureau of Certification and Systems Management for appropriate application forms and instructions.

The Bureau of Certification and Systems Management can be reached by telephone at (518) 485-2250 or by e-mail at Certification@oasas.ny.gov.

Process Information

Certification Application Review Process Flow Chart

Forms and Resources

Forms and Resources are available to assist applicants in the Certification Application process.