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Licensure for Agencies Providing Mental Health Services

Initial Application Process

Agencies applying for a community support license must comply with the following process:

  • Complete and submit an application form  (address is located in the menu to the left), along with the required fee to the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. A copy of the application form must be provided to the area regional support network. The regional support network may make written comments to the Division or Behavioral Health and Recovery about the provider's application for licensure. The application must indicate the service components the applicant wants to offer, as listed in WAC 388-865-0400 through WAC 388-865-0482. All CMHC's need to demonstrate compliance with these standards.
  • The Division or Behavioral Health and Recovery conducts an on-site review to examine agency policies and procedures, personnel records, financial documents, and any other information that may be necessary to confirm compliance with minimum standards of this section, WAC 388-865-0400
  • A consumer chart review is conducted during a second site review within twelve months of the issuance of the provisional license for the agency or service component if the site review is being conducted in response to a license application for a new agency or a new service component in a currently licensed agency;
  • If licensure is denied, the applicant can contest a decision of denial or wait at least six months following the date of notification of denial before reapplying. See WAC 388-865-0482

Licensing Renewal Process

Agencies seeking to renew their license must comply with the following process:

  • Complete and submit an application form  (address is located in the menu to the left), along with the required fee to the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. A copy of the application form must be provided to the area regional support network. The regional support network may make written comments to the Division or Behavioral Health and Recovery about the provider's application for licensure. The application must indicate the service components the applicant wants to offer, as listed in WAC 388-865-0400 through WAC 388-865-0482. All CMHC's need to demonstrate compliance with these standards.
  • The Division or Behavioral Health and Recovery conducts an on-site review to examine agency policies and procedures, personnel records, financial documents, and any other information that may be necessary to confirm compliance with minimum standards of this section, WAC 388-865-0400
  • A consumer chart review is conducted during a second site review within twelve months of the issuance of the provisional license for the agency or service component if the site review is being conducted in response to a license application for a new agency or a new service component in a currently licensed agency;
  • If licensure is denied, the applicant can contest a decision of denial or wait at least six months following the date of notification of denial before reapplying. See WAC 388-865-0482

Fees Submitted with Application

The fees must be sent with the application for a license or renewal: Mental Health Licensing and Certification Fees for 2011-2013

Annual service hours are computed on the most recent year. For new entities, annual service hours equals the projected service hours for the year of licensure. The provider must report the number of annual service hours based on the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery consumer information system Data Dictionary.


Need More Details?

For more detail on the all of the licensing process, please see the regulations as detailed in Washington Administrative Code, Chapter 388-865 Section 4 or contact the Licensing Section of the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery by calling (360) 725-2070 or 1-888-713-6010.