The Licensing and Certification process, as currently administered, is a source of great difficulty and confusion for community health centers (CHCs). CaliforniaHealth+ Advocate’s goal is to assist primary care by easing the burden and improving the functionality of the Licensing and Certification process.


Primary care health centers are required to be licensed through the authority of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Licensing & Certification Program (L&C). The L&C program utilizes standards defined in state and federal law and regulations to evaluate health facility compliance. The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) is responsible for development of regulations pertaining to licensed clinics, identified in Title 24 of the CA Building Standards Codes as OSHPD 3. The L & C process is intended to both ensure public safety at CCHCs and prevent fraud and abuse of the Medi-Cal and Medicare billing systems.


CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates Staff Contact

For questions, please contact Michael Helmick, Senior Policy Analyst, at Michael@healthplusadvocates.org.