Behavioral Health Agencies

License Requirements

Verify the status of a BHA license

The quickest way to check the status of a behavioral health agency (BHA) license is on the Facilities Credential Search site. This site will show if the license is in "active" or "pending" status. A license in "active" status allows the BHA to operate. A license in "pending" status means the licensing review process is under way and the BHA should not be operating. The status is quickly updated to active when the review process is complete. Agencies should receive a hard copy of the active license in the mail within seven to 10 business days.

Licensing process

All licensing applications are reviewed within a few days of receipt. If there is missing or incomplete information, a Department of Health staff member will notify you via the email address provided on the application. If you didn't provide an email address, the department will mail you a letter.

Processing time varies for each application. It depends on how complete the application is, and how quickly the licensing requirements are met.

Licensing requirements

Licensing requirements differ depending on whether you're applying for an initial license, or renewing or amending an existing license.

An initial licensing application is required when establishing a new BHA, adding a branch site, relocating to a new address, or changing ownership.

An amended licensing application is required when adding, changing, or canceling a service certification, changing the name of the agency.

A remodel request form is required when performing construction in the behavioral health agency.

The forms and applications webpage provides links to the licensing documents required to be submitted to the department.