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Health Care - Group Homes

Group Homes are facilities licensed, funded, certified, or registered by the State of Maryland or the Count offering residential accommodations, supervision, or assisted community living for the residents. The number of residents includes members of the staff who resides at the group home but does not include infants less than two months old. A group home may be classified as follows:

Listed below is the information needed to apply for a license for a Group Home for the Elderly (Assisted Living) or a Group Home for the Non-Elderly.

Elderly Group Home (Assisted Living)

What is a Group Home for the Elderly? 

A group home for the elderly is a community-based residential program for three or more unrelated individuals that provides housing, supportive services, supervision, personalized assistance, health-related services, or a combination of these services to meet the needs of residents who are unable to perform or, who need assistance and/or personal guidance and direction in performing the activities of daily living or instrumental activities of daily living, in a way that promotes optimum dignity and independence for the residents.

Who must apply for a Group Home for the Elderly license?

Any person or entity desiring to operate a group home for the elderly in Montgomery County for three or more individuals.

When must one obtain a Group Home for the Elderly license? 

Group Homes in Montgomery County with 3 to 16 residents require BOTH a Montgomery County and a State of Maryland license before beginning to operate and annually thereafter. According to Montgomery County Code Chapter 23A-8 (a) “A Building must not be advertised or used as a Group home until the Director issues an annual license. A building must not be    advertised or used as a group home after a license has expired or has been revoked or suspended.”

How does one obtain a Group Home for the Elderly license?

Process:

Fee

$60.00 per bed licensure fee

Submit ALL the following documents with your application:

NOTE: Renewal-only applicants may eliminate the Use and Occupancy Permit and complete the Program Statement checklist unless changes occur.

A Group Home for the Elderly must receive ALL the following approvals and documents before a Montgomery County Group Home License will be issued:

Please note that receipt of an approval from any of the above does not mean a Montgomery County Group Home License has been approved. You are not licensed as a group home by Montgomery County until you receive a document stating you have a Montgomery County Group Home License with the effective date of the license as well as the expiration date.

Renewing a Montgomery County Group Home for the Elderly license:

A Montgomery County Group Home is issued for twelve months and must be renewed annually. Fire, environmental, and well & septic inspections and approvals are also required annually.  Renewal applications are sent to the provider three months prior to the license expiration date and are due 60 days before the license expires.

 Obtaining a State License:

      Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Health Care Quality
      Bland Bryant Building-Spring Grove Hospital Center
      55 Wade Avenue          
      Catonsville, MD 21228

Fee

       $60.00 per bed licensure fee

Forms

 

Non-Elderly Group Home

What is a Group Home for the Non-Elderly? 

A group home for the non-elderly is a community-based residential program for three or more unrelated individuals that provides housing, supportive services, supervision, personalized assistance, health-related services, or a combination of these services to meet the needs of residents who are unable to perform or, who need assistance and/or personal guidance and direction in performing the activities of daily living or instrumental activities of daily living, in a way that promotes optimum dignity and independence for the residents.

Who must apply for a license for a Group Home for the Non-Elderly?

Any person or entity desiring to operate a group home for the non-elderly in Montgomery County for three or more individuals.

When must one obtain a license for a Group Home for the Non-Elderly? 

Group Homes in Montgomery County with three  to 16 residents require BOTH a Montgomery County and a State of Maryland license before beginning to operate and annually thereafter. According to Montgomery County Code Chapter 23A-8 (a) “A Building must not be advertised or used as a Group Home until the Director issues an annual license. A building must not be advertised or used as a group home after a license has expired or has been revoked or suspended.”

How does one obtain a license for a Group Home for the Non-Elderly?

Process:

Fee

$50.00 per bed licensure fee

Submit ALL the following documents with your application:

NOTE: Renewals Only (Applicants may eliminate the Use and Occupancy Permit and complete the Program Statement checklist unless changes occur.

    A Group Home for the Non- Elderly must receive ALL the following approvals and documents before a Montgomery County Group Home License will be issued:

Please note that receipt of an approval from any of the above does not mean a Montgomery County Group Home License has been approved. You are not licensed as a group home by Montgomery County until you receive a document stating you have a Montgomery County Group Home License with the effective date of the license as well as the expiration date.

Renewing a Montgomery County license for a Group Home for the Non-Elderly:

A Montgomery County Group Home is issued for twelve months and must be renewed annually. Fire, environmental, and well & septic inspections and approvals are also required annually.  Renewal applications are sent to the provider three months prior to the license expiration date and are due 60 days before the license expires.

 Obtaining a State License:

Forms