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Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I OPEN A BOARDING HOME?

The easiest way is to buy an existing home. You can contact your county's welfare agency and ask if they are aware of any that are available for sale. (See our Links Page for contact information.)

If you decide to build a home, you first have to be zoned for the type of home you plan on opening (Facilities Page). Contact your local zoning board for further information. Secondly, you have to meet the standards of the licensing body: Department of Health and Senior Services for Residential Health Care Facilities or Department of Community Affairs for Boarding Homes (Links Page). After opening you have one year to attend the Board and Care Core Operators Training Program (Training Page).

HOW DO I GET PAID?

Although a few homes have contracts with state or county agencies, the vast majority of homes do not receive public funding. The bulk of these homes accept the current Supplemental Social Security Income or Social Security Disability rate. Some homes only accept private pay, but most homes are a mixture of both private pay and SSI/SSD.

WHO REGULATES THE HOMES?

There are many agencies involved with regulating homes. The licensing bodies [DOHSS or DCA] do regular inspections. The County Welfare Agencies inspect each home twice a year. The Ombudsman Office may be involved with residents 60 years of age or over. The Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Division of Mental Health Services are involved with their consumers. (To contact these agencies see our Links Page)