Community Living Arrangements (CLAs), also known as group homes, offer residents the opportunity to live in a home in the community and to engage in work, social, and recreational activities in a safe, comfortable environment that promotes independence. Housing and assistance are available to people with intellectual disabilities who need a skilled nursing level of care or help performing Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
Homes are small in size and generally serve six or fewer individuals in a traditional house or apartment. Staff is available 24 hours a day and provides assistance with personal needs, ADLs and medication administration and supervision as needed.
These programs are operated by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) or private agencies. To receive services, residents must be enrolled in a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waiver Service (HCBS) called a Comprehensive Waiver.
For more information or help, contact the DDS at: