ALEF Accreditations: SAMHSA

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The division is charged with improving the quality and availability of treatment and rehabilitative services across America in order to reduce illness, death, disability and societal costs resulting from both substance abuse and mental illnesses.

SAMHSA operates four autonomous Offices, or Centers, including the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). While ALEF relies on the research and recommendations of CSAP, especially with regards to evidence-based addiction treatment programs, we primarily work with CSAT.

CSAT, in short, supports effective substance abuse treatment and recovery services. The Center was originally established to expand the availability of effective treatment and recovery services for individuals who are suffering with alcohol and drugs. Its mission now however also includes meeting the needs of families that have been affected by alcohol and drug abuse. It is this cross-the-board approach that best helps the Center reduce the health and social costs of substance abuse at local, state and national levels.

No national organization does more to help Americans fight addiction than the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). And no addiction treatment provider could be more honored to join that fight than ALEF.

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Laws & Regulations

There are various federal laws associated with SAMHSA, among them 2008’s Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. This Act requires any and all insurance groups that are offering mental health or substance use disorder coverage to make those benefits comparable to general medical coverage. In other words, the Act ensures equity between substance use disorder treatment and general medical health care. SAMHSA is also associated with a variety of federal regulations, including those that concern treating opioid dependence with opioid medications. SAMHSA’s operates an accreditation and certification-based system for all U.S. opioid treatment programs and providers (OTPs). CSAT’s Division of Pharmacologic Therapies oversees both accreditation standards and certification processes.

Here are a few of the federal protocols an Opioid Treatment Provider must follow in order to dispense opioids:
  • Apply for approval as an accredited Opioid Treatment Provider
  • Achieve OTP accreditation
  • Undergo periodic evaluation
  • Receive OTP certification
  • Meet all federal opioid treatment standards
Opioid Treatment Provider accreditation and certification falls under the jurisdiction of the nation’s Controlled Substances Act (CSA). This Act governs the behavior of all OTPs who dispense opioids in the treatment of opioid use disorder.


ALEF is proud to be both accredited and certified by HHS’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). We’re especially proud to be recognized for adhering to all federal guidelines concerning Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), including the country’s Controlled Substance Act (CSA). Like SAMHSA, we fully believe opioid use disorder is best addressed via evidence-based treatment programs. And we’re grateful to the Administration for spearheading the expansion of such treatment programs across the nation. We’re also grateful for SAMHSA for ensuring that the nation’s Opioid Treatment Providers (OTPs) abide by strict standards and regulations. Ensuring safe, effective and credible treatment is as important as providing access. And both are essential to meeting the myriad addiction treatment challenges brought about by opioid use disorder (OUD).

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America’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) advocates for, supports and regulates the nation’s Opioid Treatment Providers. ALEF is grateful to be a part of SAMHSA’s forward-looking initiatives.

SAMHSA - Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Centers