ARF License Application

Community Care Licensing Adult Residential Facility Application
Steps to opening a 6 bed Adult Residential Facility

300 Foot Rule
An Adult Residential Facility cannot be within 300 feet of another Adult Residential Facility. You can be within 300 feet of another Community Care Facility such as Elderly or Foster Care. To check your address to determine 300 ft compliance login to CCL website

Fingerprint Clearance
You cannot operate a facility with criminal record other than minor traffic violation. Click here to obtain more information on fingerprint clearance.

If you have criminal convictions that include misdemeanors or felonies that occurred a long time ago you are eligible for an exemption . Serious crimes such as robbery, sexual battery, child abuse, elder or dependent adult abuse, rape, arson are not eligible for exemption.

CapitalYou must show three months operating expenses to obtain a license. You can calculate your operating expense by competing LIC 401 Monthly Budget.

Component IAttend Component 1 Orientation at any Community Care Licensing Office in California. You must pay a non refundable $50.00 reservation fee two weeks in advance. To schedule your component Orientation call one of the offices below: (download this form to view all CCL offices in California)

Monterrey Park: 323.980.4934
Orange 714.703.2800
Riverside: 951.782.420

Completing The Application
Click this link to download the application. Submit the application with your payment fee. The cost can be found here and is based on capacity. You must show you have control of the property to submit the application. After you submit your application you will be contacted by a licensed program analyst (LPA) who reviews your application. The regulations specify that the licensing office has 90 days to respond to your application

There are two parts to completing the facility application: Part A and Part B.

HIV AIDS TB Course and First AID
Your LPA will likely require that the person designated as the administrator show proof of completing a 4 hour course in HIV AIDS TB. First AID is required of all staff who work in the facility. Regional Center requires CPR as well.

Component II

Component II is when the LPA interviews you at the licensing office and discusses your application with you. You will likely have corrections to make on your application.

Component III
The LPA will come to inspect the facility and discuss any final corrections. Your licensed is issued a few weeks later.

Application Assistance
For many people, completing the Part A and Part B of the application is overwhelming and would prefer to have someone do for it for them. Click here on consultation to learn more.

Communication

Good communication skills are a giant part of being successful. Understanding the perspective and needs of others goes a long way. Many people are surprised when they receive a less than enthusiastic reception when they speak to agency representatives. Agencies such as Community Care Licensing and Regional Center are charged with the responsibility of insuring that the people who provide care and supervision do not exploit individuals for financial gain.

Do Your Homework

Before you contact agencies and get too far along in the process, it is important to do your homework on what the mission of the agency is and how they implement it. Learn the basics of Title 22 when communicating with Community Care Licensing. When communicating with Regional Center become familiar with Title 17, developmental disability, person centered planning and the philosophy of normalization. By focusing on the agency needs instead of your own you will be seen as a professional and a good communicator who shares a common goal and purpose: providing good care and supervision. It follows the old dictum; the more you give, the more you get.

Like the development of any small business there are many steps involved. And whenever you deal with a government agency, there are hoops to jump through. Remember, California wants people to open up small residential homes. That is why the regulations and laws were created in the first place. My experience is that those individuals who are not deterred by disappointment and are not easily discouraged are the most successful.