Items in this category apply to the ADHS Licensing Division. ADHS is required to license medical, long term care and behavioral health treatment facilities. ADHS also licenses Child Care Facilities and Homes, as well as a few special professions. ADHS licenses emergency medical personnel as well, but that is through Preparedness.

New Online Death Registration System Goes Live

By | October 4th, 2017|Licensing|

The Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Vital Records (ADHS) operates multiple statewide electronic systems that enable ADHS and our partners to submit records of vital events for registration and ultimately issuance to the public.  On Monday, ADHS implemented new death registration and Vital Records issuance system that will be used, in coordination with partners statewide, [...]

Water Screening in Child Care Facilities

By | September 18th, 2017|Licensing, Preparedness|

Starting this month, ADHS will be launching a project to screen water in many licensed child care facilities for lead. Our Child Care Licensing surveyors will collect water from a sample of drinking water sources at facilities while they’re out to conduct facility inspections. The surveyors will bring the water samples to our Arizona State [...]

Get Ahead on Back to School and Fall Sports by Making Sure You Have Your Child’s Birth Certificate

By | July 26th, 2017|Licensing|

August is a busy time of year for many Arizona families.  It’s time for back to school and enrollment for fall sports, both of which will likely require you to submit a copy of your child’s birth certificate. Our Bureau of Vital Records is responsible for maintaining and issuing certified copies of Arizona vital records, including [...]

Arizona Acute and Long-Term Care Infection Prevention and Control Collaborative

By | June 21st, 2017|Licensing, Preparedness|

Our Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program and Division of Licensing Services, collaborated with the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, APIC Consulting Inc., Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), and other state partners to provide a two-day Arizona Healthcare-Acquired Conditions (HAC) and Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Prevention Summit. The two-day collaborative, held June 8 and June 9, brought [...]

How and Where to Obtain a Birth Certificate from Vital Records

By | May 19th, 2017|Licensing|

We get calls every day from people looking to get a copy of their birth certificate. Depending on your timeline, here are some details on how you can obtain the record you need. The Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Vital Records no longer provides same day walk-in customer service for certificate issuance. You [...]

Speech-Language Pathologists Provide Specialized Care to People Diagnosed with Autism

By | April 21st, 2017|Licensing|

When people are diagnosed with a disease that can affect their development such as Autism spectrum disorder, it is important they work with specialists who can provide the proper therapy. People with social communication difficulties, as seen with Autism spectrum disorder experience, have trouble using verbal and nonverbal communication in social settings. Speech-language pathologists can assess, [...]

Public Health is Working Behind the Scenes to Keep You Safe

By | April 3rd, 2017|Licensing, Preparedness|

Note: This week is National Public Health Week. This week I have a five-part public health series that explores the vast network of programs and services that help improve the health and wellness of all Arizonans.  Public health includes programs that work to ensure that we are safe whether in everyday life or during an [...]

New Partnership Provides Parents Information About Potential Hazards

By | February 24th, 2017|Licensing|

Our Bureau of Child Care Licensing is excited to partner with the Children's Environmental Health Network's ECO-Healthy Child Care program.  The program helps child care providers throughout Arizona with the latest information on environmental hazards of most concern for our children.  Children's Environmental Health Network is a national non-profit organization that focuses on policy, education [...]

Vital Records Data Helps Public Health Improve the Overall Health of Arizona

By | January 18th, 2017|Licensing|

One of the most popular features on our website and social media is the annual list of the top 100 baby names in Arizona. The list is created from our Bureau of Vital Records, which registers and issues birth certificates for all the babies born each year. While the list is a fun use of [...]

Licensing Team makes Extreme Improvements to Critical Review Process

By | December 7th, 2016|Licensing|

Our Health Care Institution Branch Licensing Architectural Team has successfully streamlined processes, maximized resources and reduced the time it takes to review and approve architectural plans and specifications required by rule. This is critically important because architectural plans and specifications must meet the adopted 2010 Facility Guidelines Institute regulations before a new health care institution [...]