ALEF Accreditations: DHSR

North Carolina Division of Health Services Regulations (DHSR)

The mission of the NCDHHS is to protect the health and safety of all North Carolinians, as well as to provide the state’s populace with essential human services. The mission of the DHSR is to provide for the health, safety and well-being of the state’s citizens through effective regulatory and remedial activities. That includes appropriate consultation and training opportunities, in addition to the rational allocation of needed facilities and services. The DHSR focus is on the customer, employees and work teams, managed care and traditional providers, as well as outcomes and continued improvement.

The DHSR’s aim is to be responsive, respectful of others, collaborative, and communicative. The division is also fully committed to serving the people of North Carolina.

North Carolina’s Division of Health Services Regulations (DHSR) is not only tasked with protecting the health and safety of all the state’s residents, but it also helps provide them with essential human services, including addiction treatment. ALEF is honored to be of essential human service.

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DHSR’s Main Tasks

North Carolina’s Division of Health Service Regulation oversees medical, mental health and adult care facilities, as well as emergency medical services and local jails. They ensure that the people who are receiving care in these respective facilities are safe and receiving appropriate care. The division also makes certain that medical buildings are built only when there is a proven need for them.

DHSR’s mission covers everything from Acute and Home Care Licensing to Radiation Protection. But it is the agency’s Mental Health Licensing and Certification Section that concerns ALEF. For it is just that section of the agency that inspects and licenses facilities for individuals who are suffering from substance abuse issues. Yes, that means Opioid Treatment Facilities (OTPs). In ALEF’s case, it also means OTPs that provide FDA-approved Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). And while numerous state and federal agencies are involved in the establishing and operating of any and all of North Carolina’s OTPs (including the DEA, SAMHSA and the respective State Opioid Treatment Authority), without a DHSR license an Opioid Treatment Provider cannot operate.

ALEF is honored to be licensed by North Carolina’s Division of Health Services Regulation (DHSR), and we applaud everything the robust agency does. We’re also proud to adhere to every regulation set forth by the DHSR, as well as the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). We recognize the importance of having strong regulatory bodies overseeing the health care industry. And we believe local, state and federal regulations are designed to strengthen provider care.

HHS’ 5-Point Strategy To Combat the Opioid Crisis

Here are some of the Strategy’s essential details:


As the heading implies, the point of this strategy is to improve access to prevention, treatment, and recovery support services all across America. That is, to prevent the health, social, and economic consequences associated with opioid abuse, misuse and addiction, as well as to enable individuals to achieve long-term recovery. The Treatment component includes enabling individuals, families, and caregivers to find, access, and navigate evidence-based treatments for opioid use disorder (OUD), as well as identifying and disseminating best practices related to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). The Recovery point includes providing culturally and linguistically appropriate education and support to individuals, families, and caregivers so they may better understand the importance of recovery, as well as helping them find and access a wide range of evidence-based services.


The Better Data point of the HHS Strategy includes strengthening public health data reporting and collection, improving the timeliness and specificity of data, and helping to create a real-time public health response as the opioid epidemic evolves. It also includes collecting and disseminating actionable data, deploying local and regional resources, and assessing the impacts of federal, state, and local efforts.


Better Pain Management is especially crucial in light of the role prescription pain medication has played in creating the opioid epidemic. This HHS Strategy Point includes advancing the practice of pain management, enabling access to the kind of high-quality, evidence-based pain care that reduces the burden of pain for individuals, families, and society, as well as simultaneously reducing the inappropriate use of opioids. The Better Pain Management component also includes providing prescribers with actionable information such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, so that they’re current on the appropriate use of opioids and other pain treatment modalities. This helps to ensure that patients’ pain management needs are met, yet also significantly reduces the risk of opioid addiction.


This point of the Strategy has already made significant headway across America. And it’s saved an untold number of lives to boot. As implied, the component targets the availability and distribution of overdose-reversing medications to people likely to experience or respond to an overdose. That is to say, it’s geared toward getting drugs such as naloxone to addicts and their loved ones, as well as to first responders. And while the effort currently focuses on high-risk populations, its implementation is country- wide.


Research has always been a crucial component of addiction, as well as recovery. This point not only supports the kind of cutting-edge research that advances our understanding of pain, overdose and addiction, but also the sort of research that leads to the development of new treatments. Among other components, it’s also designed to identify effective public health interventions that will help reduce opioid-related harms.

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North Carolina’s Division of Health Services Regulations (DHSR) licenses all the state’s Opioid Treatment Providers and helps ensure every addiction treatment facility remains safe and effective. ALEF is proud to be a fully-licensed member of the DHSR fraternity.

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