Group Homes

What is a group home?

A group home is a community home where a small number of unrelated people in need of care, support, or supervision can live together with supports and services. Group homes are in a community setting. Group home residents are not segregated or secluded from the community.

Supported Living

What is supported Living?

Supported living refers to services designed to help persons with disabilities live in their own home or live in a home that they share with roommates of their choosing. Supported living services usually include assistance with financial management, cooking, cleaning, shopping, personal care, personal relationships and community connections.


An Institution is a segregated facility where a large number of unrelated people in need of care, support, or supervision live together and receive all their support and care. Institutions are segregated from the community.

There are still people living in state institutions today. And, it has been questioned as to whether states violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when they limit the number of participants to home and community based waiver programs. However, states chose to participate in these programs. Our best hope is to get statutes changed at the federal level.

Family Home

What is a Family Home?

Assisted Living

What is Assisted Living?

Foster Homes

What is a foster home?

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Residential Options - Definitions

* Depending on the state, the definition may be slightly different.

Adult Family Home: A place where adults who are not related to the operator reside and receive care, treatment or services

Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF): A place where unrelated people live together in a community setting. Services provided include room and board, supervision, support services, and may include hours of nursing care.

Facility Serving People with Developmental Disabilities (FDD): A residential facility for three or more unrelated persons with developmental disabilities. Also known as Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID)

Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Nursing Home: A residential facility that provides 24-hour services, including room and board to three or more unrelated persons.

Residential Care Apartment Complex (RCAC): Independent apartment units in which the following services are provided: room and board, up to 28 hours per week of supportive care, personal care, and nursing services.