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These are links to some of the state and federal laws governing the provision of substance abuse treatment. If additional information is needed, use the Search function at each link.

Revised Code of Washington (RCW)

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RCW 18.19 - Counselors

RCW 18.205 – Chemical Dependency Professionals

RCW 18.130 – Regulation of Health Professions – Uniform Disciplinary Act

RCW 26.44 – Abuse of Children

RCW 42 – Conflict of Interest

RCW 43 – As it Relates to Background Checks Required

RCW 46.61 – Reckless Driving, Driving under the Influence, Vehicular Homicide and Assault

RCW 69.50 – Uniform Controlled Substances Act

RCW 70.96A – Chemical Dependency Treatment

RCW 70.96A.140 – Involuntary Commitment Process

RCW 71A – As it Relates to Background Checks Required

RCW 74.34 – Abuse of Vulnerable Adults

RCW 74.50 - ADATSA

Washington Administrative Code (WAC)

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WAC 246-326 – Residential Treatment Facilities

WAC 388-800 – Chemical Dependency Assistance Programs (ADATSA)

WAC 388-805 – Certification Requirements for Chemical Dependency Service Providers

WAC 388-810 – Administration of County Chemical Dependency Prevention, Treatment, and Support Programs

WAC 246-811 – Chemical Dependency Professionals

WAC 246-887 – Pharmacy-Regulations Implementing the Uniform Controlled Substances Act

Federal Regulations

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Once at the web page check the box that corresponds to the citation you want then return to the top of the page and click on search.

42 CFR, Part 2 – Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records

45 CFR 96 – Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant

45 CFR Parts 160 & 164 – Health insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

42 CFR, Part 8 – Certification of Opioid Treatment Programs

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