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Licensing and Certification PROGRAM

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Phone: (916) 552-8632

For application status requests, please include the following in your email:

  • Application ID (if applicable)
  • Name of Facility or Agency
  • License or Facility/Agency # (if applicable)
  • Address
  • Facility or Provider Type
  • Date Documentation Sent
  • Contact Number

Licensing and Certification Application Process

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The Centralized Applications Branch (CAB) provides standardization and consistency of state licensing and federal certification through the application process.

CAB processes applications for Initial (new) facility or agency seeking initial licensure/certification, and Report of Changes that require an updated license such as; Change of Ownership, Change of Location, Change of Beds, Change of Service, and Change of Name, in addition to other Report of Changes that do not impact the license but are required to be reported to the Department.

Health care facilities and providers must submit a complete application to CAB. Applications submitted with missing forms and/or supporting documents will be deemed incomplete. Application fees are not accepted until a CAB analyst validates that all required forms and supporting documents are received.

Once all required fees are received, a full comprehensive review will commence. CAB will make a determination to approve or deny the application based on the information contained in the application and its compliance with state and federal requirements. 

An approved application for an Initial or a Report of Change that requires an updated license will be forwarded to the local district office for survey. An applicant may present a written petition for a hearing to the Department, if an application is denied or if the survey results deny issuance of a license.

To submit an application to CAB click on the link below for a paper application packet or an online application for GACH/APH (General Acute Care Hospitals/Acute Psychiatric Hospitals) only.  To read about License Renewal applications click on the License Renewal Application link.

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