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Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services


Welcome to the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services (SUDS) Webpage for the Quality Assurance Office of Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH).

Quality has been identified as one of the most pressing issues in behavioral health services and the implementation of quality assurance and improvement (QA/I) systems has been determined as one of the most promising means to improved care.

The Quality Assurance Department of Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) provides ACBH’s cornerstones of clinical standards that support on-going performance and improvement goals. Attention to quality and performance improvement is ultimately intended to improve the health and well-being of beneficiaries who receive services from ACBH providers and the service delivery systems.

This webpage is a venue for providers to obtain correspondence, training information, and resource materials.

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We encourage you to check back regularly for updates. You may e-subscribe to this page for the latest QA/SUDS news Get e-mail updates when this information changes.

We are here to assist:
If you have questions about ACBH SUD policies and procedures, i.e., clinical documentation, grievances, Privacy, Security, etc. please contact the ACBH Quality Assurance at the QA Technical Assistance Team email:

The ACBH Quality Assurance team is available to provide Technical Assistance (TA) to ACBH contract providers.

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Medical Necessity for SUD Services
Medical necessity for SUD Services is established by a Licensed LPHA or Registered LPHA with Licensed LPHA co-signature. Medical Necessity must be documented in beneficiary records. Medical Necessity consists of: at least one included DSM-5 SUD diagnosis, ASAM Level of Care assessment (ALOC), and complete Initial Medical Necessity Form. ALOC assessments follow standards set by ASAM Criteria. Additionally, SUD Health Care Services are medically necessary and must be consistent with 22 CCR Section 51303: “…which are reasonable and necessary…”: to protect life, to prevent significant illness or significant disability, or to alleviate severe pain through the diagnosis or treatment of disease, illness or injury.

See ACBH SUD Documentation Standards for specific medical necessity requirements.

DHCS recognizes accredited SUD Professional Counselor organizations to register and certify alcohol and other drug counselors in California. For more information regarding the educational requirements for becoming an alcohol and other drug counselor in California, please contact any of the certifying organizations at the DHCS webpage Counselor Certification:


Drug Medi-Cal Treatment Program Certification Application-Provider Enrollment Division (PED)
Intergovernmental Agreement FY 18-19(IA)
Drug Medi-Cal Billing Manual February 2019
Residential and Outpatient Facility Certification and Licensing

Substance Use Disorder-Behavioral Health Policies & Procedures
Accessibility of Services ADA SUD 12/16/19
Assuring Compliance with Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG) Requirements SUD 07/07/14
CalOMS Treatment Data Submission Verifications SUD 06/30/14
Charitable Choice SUD 10/24/16
Child Abuse Reporting Integrated 07/15/13
Client Right to Request Amendment of Health Records Integrated 12/16/19
Compliance with OMB Circular A-133 (Single Audit) Integrated 06/23/14
Client Rights, Complaint, and Fair Hearing Policy for Substance Use Prevention & Treatment SUD 04/17
Continuing Education for Employees & Contractors of AOD Programs SUD 06/30/14
Credentialing and Re-Credentialing Verification for ACBH Mental Health and Substance Use Service Providers Integrated 12/16/19
Contracts Compliance and Sanctions for ACBH-contracted Providers Integrated 06/15/18
Documenting and Reporting SAPT Block Grant SUD 06/30/14
Drug Free Workplace SUD Treatment Providers SUD 10/24/16
Drug Medi-Cal Compliance and Administration-Quality Management SUD 05/01/15
Duty to Warn: Tarasoff-Warning & Reporting Requirements in “Tarasoff Like” Situations Integrated 07/20/13
Elder / Dependent Abuse and Reporting Integrated 07/25/13
Expending and Reporting Perinatal Funding SUD 02/2017
Expending the SAPT Block Grant SUD 02/2017
HIPPA Breach Reporting Integrated 03/20
Privacy Incident Reporting Form Integrated 03/20
HIV Early Intervention Services for Clients with SUD SUD 06/30/14
Identifying, Reporting, and Recovering Overpayments SUD 04/24/19
Integration of Spiritual Interests in Recovery and Wellness Integrated 10/25/16
Interim Services Management for SUD SUD 10/24/14
Non-Discrimination Integrated 06/23/14
OIG AND Other Exclusion List Monitoring Oversight and Reporting Integrated 05/2016
Payment of Last Resort SUD 06/23/14
Perinatal Services for Women SUD 06/30/14
Primary Prevention AOD Submission of Data through CalOms SUD 06/30/14
Protection of Trafficking Victims (TVPA Act of 2000) SUD 10/24/16
Record Storage and Retention Integrated 09/03/13
Request for Subpoena for the Production of Psychiatric and/or SUD Treatment Records Integrated 04/17/15
SUD Treatment Services for Adolescents and other Youth SUD 06/30/14
Provider Tobacco and Consumer Treatment Protocols Integrated 11/10/16
Timely Access to Service Integrated 06/06/19
Tuberculosis Services for SUD Treatment Clients SUD 06/30/14
Unusual Occurrence and Death Reporting Policy
Revised Reporting Form (12-2015)
Integrated 12/07/15