Become An Approved Provider

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The first step in becoming an approved provider is either:

(1) taking the training required to become an Administrator/Instructor; or

(2) hiring a trained Administrator/Instructor;

You will then be ready to complete and submit the application form, which is available on our "Applications/Forms" web page. The initial application fee is $300.

Approved offender education programs shall use the uniform curricula and screening instruments approved by the department.

The following curriculum, which is provided to each trained administrator/instructor, is currently approved:

  • The Texas Drug Offender Education Program Administrator/Instructor Manual

The program shall:

  • provide a minimum of five class sessions of instruction per course;
  • conduct class sessions which are not longer than three hours in length, and not shorter than two hours in length;
  • conduct no more than one class session per day;
  • conduct the program a minimum of two times during each reporting period; and
  • conduct classes no larger than 30 participants and with no fewer than three participants.
  • The program shall administer and evaluate pre-and post-test instruments for each participant.

Each instructor on staff with an approved provider must teach a minimum of four complete courses and successfully complete the required 20 hours of continuing education provided by the department or a department-approved provider during the instructor's certification period.

Once approved, a program shall prominently display the certificate of approval issued by the department at each location where services are provided.

Branch and Additional Program Sites

The program shall obtain a duplicate certificate from the department for each branch site. Branch sites shall be located in the same county as the program headquarters or in an adjacent county. Each branch office or program site must have a local address and telephone number for participants to register and obtain information. The organization must submit a separate application and application fee to operate the program at a site that is not located in the same county as the program headquarters or in an adjacent county. The new application shall designate a program headquarters and may establish branch sites.

Last Updated September 28, 2007

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Last updated April 29, 2011
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