Georgia State Laws and Regulations

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  • Employee Confidentiality Agreement
  • Employee Orientation Checklist
  • Client Records Checklist
  • Quality Assurance
  • Initial Training Requirements
Overview

A list of overall rules and regulations for Georgia. Click on the appropriate question to expand for more information.

What kinds of facilities require a license?
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What kinds of facilities provide addiction services in Georgia?
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What does it mean to be 'licensed' or 'accredited' in this industry?
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What are the staffing requirements of a substance abuse facility?
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Are there any other organizations where we could find more information?
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Licensing

A list of rules and regulations for Arizona with regards to licensing. Click on the appropriate question to expand for more information.

Which body authorizes and oversees substance abuse treatment facilities in the State of Georgia?
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What information must be provided in my initial application for a license?
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What are the different types of license which may be issued?
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What kinds of inspections might there be for licensure determination?
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How can a facility prepare for inspections, on-site reviews and audits?
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Why might a licensing application be unsuccessful or a license revoked?
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Zoning and Land Use

A list of rules and regulations for Georgia with regards to zoning and land use. Click on the appropriate question to expand for more information.

What are the protections afforded to small group homes used for the purpose of residential substance abuse treatment?
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Are there any proximity restrictions regulating how close treatment centers may be to each other? Can I open a residential treatment center right next to one that is already there?
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What are the basic physical plant requirements for treatment facilities?
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Is a facility able to provide food to its clients?
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Care, Treatment, and Services

A list of rules and regulations for Georgia with regards to care, treatment, and services. Click on the appropriate question to expand for more information.

What information must be disclosed to the client during intake and what must we put in our admissions agreement?
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How does a facility decide whether a client meets criteria for placement in a particular level of care?
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What services must be offered at each different type of facility?
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How does a program plan for a client's treatment?
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How should a program monitor a client's progress?
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What rules govern administration of client medications?
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What rights are guaranteed to clients?
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What are the rules about restrictive practices of behavior control?
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What are the rules about emergency safety interventions?
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What should facilities consider when designing an emergency safety intervention program?
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What are manual holds, mechanical restraints, seclusion and time out?
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Under what circumstances may emergency safety interventions be used?
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What grounds are needed in order to dismiss a client from a program?
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What type of paperwork must accompany a client discharge?
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I need to discharge a client that relapsed, but am I at risk if he or she overdoses tonight and how can I protect myself?
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How must clients' privacy be protected?
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What are the staffing requirements of a substance abuse facility?
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Payment and Marketing

A list of rules and regulations for Georgia with regards to payment and marketing. Click on the appropriate question to expand for more information.

How must I respond to clients who are unable to pay the required deductibles? Can I waive a program participant's financial responsibility?
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What are the key issues insurers raise to demand recoupment of fees from substance abuse treatment programs?
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What marketing practices are prohibited?
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What are the limits of gift giving to potential referral sources?
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What kind of benefits can I offer existing or new clients?
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Sober Living Environments

A list of rules and regulations for Georgia with regards to sober living environments. Click on the appropriate question to expand for more information.

What is a recovery home?
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Do we need a license to open a recovery home?
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In the absence of licensing, how can recovery homes demonstrate their commitment to meeting minimum quality standards?
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What is the process through which a sober home can be accepted as a member of Georgia Association of Recovery Residences?
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What kinds of services can a recovery home offer?
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What are the protections afforded by federal law to small group homes used for the purpose of residential drug rehabilitation?
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Can local governments put special restrictions on recovery homes?
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What other aspects must I consider before choosing a location for our recovery home?
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What kind of agreement can we ask our residents to sign?
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Can we insist on drug tests and searches?
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Can we make residents' obligations contractually enforceable?
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What kind of ownership and staffing structures are common with these types of residential arrangements?
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Reminder:

The information provided in this FAQ is intended to provide general information only and does not constitute legal counsel or advice. Members are encouraged to seek their own independent legal counsel to establish compliant policies, procedures, and programs.

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Questions/Concerns:
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