Pennsylvania has streamlined licensing procedures for drug and alcohol treatment programs—in some cases completing a one-day turnaround—with the aim to increase patient access to services.
"There is a critical need for drug and alcohol treatment services in Pennsylvania," said Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Gary Tennis, in the announcement.
Seventeen new drug and alcohol facilities received licenses in 2015, with an average of 15 business days to complete. Previously, it would have taken six months or longer for a provider to obtain a license, according to DDAP.
Additionally, nine drug and alcohol treatment networks added new sites with 17 business days of turnaround time, and six facilities added new levels of treatment with a six-day turnaround on average.
DDAP adds that since May, 2015, the average time for flex bed processing is down to just one business day.
For more information about licensing, visit www.ddap.pa.gov.