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RCMH Advises TORCH-Member Hospitals on Controlled Substances Registration

In years past, DPS would send renewal notification to facilities 90 days before the expiration of a controlled substances registration.  That is no longer being done.  It is now a facility’s responsibility to submit a renewal to DPS at least 45 days prior to the expiration of the registration. As a cost-savings measure, DPS is now only sending a generic postcard to facilities that tells them to go to the controlled substances website to download a renewal application.  Because the postcards are sent out en masse on a quarterly basis to facilities whose registrations will be expiring within the next quarter, it is possible that a facility may not receive the postcard as early as they previously had and could actually receive the notice about the time that their registration is set to expire.  All facilities should calendar at least 6 weeks prior to their controlled substances registration to submit a renewal to DPS.  If the application is not submitted timely, there is a $50 late fee – even if a facility is usually exempt from the normal $25 registration fee. Please be cautious and do not be caught off-guard and have your controlled substances registration expire because you did not receive the usual 90-day notification.

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