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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

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Group Care Facilities

Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County

Environmental Public Health
  • Ensures sanitary health and safety practices

  • Checks construction, operation and maintenance

  • Minimize risk or injury and disease

There are two categories within group care facilities:

Residential facilities:

  • Assisted Living Facilities (ALF)

  • Adult Family Care Homes

  • Licensed Child Caring Agencies

  • Short-term Residential Treatment Centers

  • Residential Treatment Facilities

  • Home for Special Services

  • Transitional Living Facilities

  • Crisis Stabilization Units (CSU)

  • Hospice

  • Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled (ICFDD)

Non-residential facilities:

  • Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Centers

  • Public, Charter, and Private Schools, including Boarding Schools

Florida Department of Health Group Care Facilities Website

DOH is not a primary licensing agency and does not conduct any inspections at homes/facilities licensed by Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD).

Anyone looking to open a group home needs to initially contact one of the following primary licensing agencies to obtain information on how to open or get licensed by that agency:

  1. Agency for Health Care Administration for homes/facilities serving the elderly, the disabled and mental health facilities.

  2. Department of Children and Families for homes/facilities serving children.

  3. Agency for Persons with Disabilities for homes/facilities serving only individuals with disabilities.