Want to know more about rehabs in your city, or information about a specific address? Only 'state-licensed' rehab information is available.* There are THREE ways of securing information FORMALLY and RELIABLY on state-licensed rehab houses.
1. CITY FIRE CHIEF NO residential treatment facility can be licensed by Calif. Alcohol and Drug Programs without first getting a City Fire Inspection Report completed by the city's Fire Marshall/Chief. This includes both 7 and over, and 6 and under occupancy. SO, if you wish to know exactly how many of these facilities operate WITH STATE LICENSING in a city, simply ask your own fire dept for the data. ALL licensed facilities are required to renew their state license every 2 years. So accurate data for ALL licensed houses is within each city's Fire Department.
2. CALL/CONTACT: Calif. Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) 916-322-9897 1700 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 http://www.adp.cahwnet.gov/licensing/pdf/Status_Report-June08.pdf The Calif. Dept of Alcohol and Drug Programs( ADP) is the agency that monitors and issues CA state licenses to these businesses in a residential home. ADP cannot issue a license without a Fire Inspection Report from the city Fire Marshall (#1 above). After homes are licensed by ADP, they maintain a website listing ALL state-licensed homes in Calif. Go to the link above to view it directly. Unfortunately, the website is organized by county- so if you are looking for a specific address, or city, you will need to do some 'scrolling'. Note: this website only shows property addresses- not number of units (apartments, for example). So if you wish to know how many individual apartments/units, you would need to pull off all the addresses, and then drive around and check for yourself. For example, the city of Newport Beach has 24 properties licensed, but this totals 44 units licensed, while a total of 100 houses are operating as rehabs illegally.
An official call to CA. Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) would ALSO provide the official data you require. However, please ask ADP for residential treatment homes licensed AND licensed and certified. Last month ADP tried to tell me only 4 facilities were licensed in Newport! When I pressed the point, they said, "Oh, you want 'licensed' AND 'licensed & certified'? Not just licensed?".. So you get the point, even ADP is trying to downplay the numbers. 'Certified' means the counselors in the facility are of a higher quality than other facilities. Very few homes are 'certified' as it requires much more rigor, and service- and most facilities in are in operation for the money, not quality services to addicts.
ADP is the Calfornia Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. It is their responsibility to license all rehab houses, even if there is only ONE ADDICT in treatment. However, ADP is in partnership with the California Dept. of Corrections (PRISONS!), and WANTS as many rehab homes open as possible.
After five years of dealing with this CA state agency, I (Dr. Linda Orozco) have personally experienced ADP's avoiding complaints, withholding public information, non-return of calls, and finally, dealing with THEIR ATTORNEY. Some of my questions, public information demands are now making them nervous. AND their STAFF are now told to direct questions to their 'website' or one administrator. The administrator's job is to get RID of complaints. ADP does NOT want to hear from you! Try calling them, and asking for PUBLIC INFORMATION on licensed houses, pending applications, and complaints. Good luck- watch their 'bobbing and weaving' YOUR questions! Their number is: 916-322-9897
On their website, it is now impossible to find the CURRENT statewide list of ALL rehab houses WITH ADDRESSES in California. WHY? ADP doesn't want this data out there. Currently, the list of ALL addresses of rehabs in CA are online at: http://www.adp.cahwnet.gov/licensing/pdf/Status_Report-June08.pdf BUT be assured, ADP will move the webpage again-- to keep this info out of the hands of the public! IF you can't find it: CALL them and ask staff to direct you TO THE WEBPAGE WITH ALL THE REHAB HOUSE ADDRESSES BY COUNTY. And have staff STAY ON THE PHONE WITH YOU or you will never find it. 916-322-9897 http://www.adp.cahwnet.go
* UNLICENSED REHAB HOUSE? TURN THEM IN!!! Houses with addicts 'in-treatment', must be state licensed. ALL of them. If you suspect a home is operating as a rehab business, but does not have a state license- report them! Gather as much information as possible which makes you suspect they are treating addicts- for example: groups coming and going, residents carrying notebooks, and other materials, ask the addicts if they are in treatment, take pictures from your property or public property of foot traffic, vehicle traffic, etc. Call Calif. Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) 916-322-9897 File a formal report, and call ADP every 2 weeks until they do something! REPORT THEM TO ADP and your city!