Within seven (7) business days of the
closing date, the Regional Office shall notify parties who submitted a letter
of intent on how to proceed.
If the number
of letters of intent equals or is less than the determined need, parties shall
be awarded the opportunity to proceed to licensure by completing an
"Application for Licensure to Provide Substance Abuse Services" form,
C&F-SA Form 4024, May 2019, incorporated by reference and available at
If the number of letters of intent exceeds
the determined need, parties shall be invited to submit a "Methadone
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Application to Proceed to Licensure
Application" form, CF-MH 4041, May 2019, incorporated by reference and
Applications may not be rolled over for consideration in response to a needs
assessment published in a different year and may only be submitted for a
current fiscal year needs assessment.
Department shall utilize an evaluation team made up of industry experts to
conduct a formal rating of applications as stipulated in the "Methadone
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Application Evaluation" form, CF-MH 4040,
May 2019, incorporated by reference and available at
The evaluation team members shall not be affiliated with the Department,
current methadone medication-assisted treatment providers operating in Florida,
or the applicants.
of a provider shall be based on the following criteria:
(I) Capability to Serve Selected Area(s) of
Need and Priority Populations. Area(s) of Need are the counties identified as
having a need for additional clinics. Priority Populations are pregnant women,
women with young children, and individuals with financial hardships;
(II) Patient Safety and Quality
of Methadone Medication-Assisted Treatment Services;
(IV) Capability and Experience; and
(V) Revenue Sources.
c. Applicants with the highest-scored
applications in each county shall be awarded the opportunity to apply for
licensure for the number of programs specified in their letter of intent to
meet the need of that county. If there is unmet need, the next highest scored
applicant(s) will receive an award(s) based on the remaining need and the
number of programs specified in their letter of intent. This process will
continue until the stated need is met. Regional offices shall inform the
highest-scoring applicant(s) in writing of the award.
d. All awarded applicants must submit a
letter of intent to apply for licensure to the appropriate regional office
within 30 calendar days after the award. If an applicant declines an award or
fails to submit the letter of intent within the specified time, the Department
shall rescind the award. After the Department rescinds the original award for
that selected area of need, the applicant with the next highest score shall
receive the award.