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State of California—Health and Human Services Agency
California Department of Public Health

AFL 23-05
January 18, 2023

General Acute Care Hospitals (GACH)
Acute Psychiatric Hospitals (APH)
Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospitals (CDRH)

Assembly Bill (AB) 2096 – Revision and Expansion of Permitted Licensure of Chemical Dependency Recovery (CDR) Services

​All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary 

This AFL notifies GACHs, APHs, and CDRHs of the passage of AB 2096 (Chapter 233, Statutes of 2022), revising existing law related to CDRHs and CDR services, and expanding and clarifying permitted CDR service licensure scenarios.

​Effective January 1, 2023, AB 2096 revises existing law to distinguish a CDRH from CDR services that are provided in a CDRH or as a supplemental service in a distinct part (D/P) of a GACH or APH. The bill permits CDR service provision in a freestanding facility, a hospital building that only provides CDR services, a D/P, or a hospital building removed from general acute care use. CDR services must comply with state CDRH regulations.

AB 2096 requires all beds in a CDRH to be designated and used exclusively for CDR services. For GACHs and APHs, the bill requires CDR beds to be within a D/P, prohibits licensure of a D/P under another D/P, and permits colocation of CDR services only as a D/P with other services or D/Ps of its parent hospital.

If you have any questions about this AFL, please contact your respective district office.

CDPH's failure to expressly notify facilities of statutory or regulatory requirements does not relieve facilities of their responsibility for following all laws and regulations. Facilities should refer to the full text of all applicable sections of HSC and the California Code of Regulations to ensure compliance.



Original signed by Cassie Dunham

Cassie Dunham

Deputy Director

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