Group Home (GH)

A GH provides 24-hour non-medical care and supervision to children and nonminor dependents up to age 19, in a structured environment, with services provided by persons employed by the licensee.  Children in a GH are in treatment programs under court jurisdiction or as dependent children removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment.  

GHs include five subcategories:  but only the  Enhanced Behavioral Supports Home is included in this website.   A facility certified by the State Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and licensed by CCLD as a group home that provides 24-hour non-medical care to individuals with developmental disabilities who require enhanced behavioral supports, staffing, and supervision in a homelike setting.  An enhanced behavioral supports home has a maximum capacity of four residents. 

How to Become Licensed or Approved

The Children’s Residential Licensing Program licenses and monitors Group Homes, in an effort to ensure that they provide a safe and healthy environment for children who are in residential care.
In an effort to protect the population from being exploited or abused, the law requires that care providers be licensed.  To obtain and maintain a license, the licensee must meet the terms and conditions contained in the law as found in the Health and Safety Code and Title 22.  The licensing application process is facilitated by a three component orientation and application process.  To find information on orientation schedule and registration, please click on  Register for an Orientation. 


Required Training for Group Home providers:

Group Home Section B


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