How to Start a Group Home in Virginia for Developmentally Disabled Popuations

blog10How to Start a Group Home for Developmentally Disabled Adults in Virginia | Virginia Department of Developmental Services The rules of Virginia have changes and for the better.  In fact, they are better than many States and the daily per diem is not bad at all.  Moreover, since many states are moving to empty their hospitals of developmentally disabled consumers including Virginia, personal care businesses including Virginia group homes are are on the rise and provider are now looking hard and fast at Virginia, because their rules are not as stringent as others states like Georgia.

Ernest-1As CEO and active consultant in the agency, I think every person should embark on business ownership in some form or another at some point in life. And, to start a group home in Virginia is just one of the many business opportunities available. It saddens me to see many college graduates lacking basic work-based survival skills and being so unprepared for the work world.  I’m even further pained by the large number of people who feel that college is the only answer. So people are just not college material and to some point its not for every one.  Something has to be done to train and motivate that huge segment of the population which is simply unemployable ~ whether for a criminal record, lack of essential skills or all those tattoos and piercings. As a personal care business consultant, I travel the world providing consultant services to many desiring to open businesses in this specialty area.

One very impressive facets about how to start a group home in Virginia is that their website and licensing process is very organized making the process very easy to navigate through.  Moreover, they don’t require the provider to have a house in advance of applying for licensure.  In fact, they insist that providers don’t purchase a home, but rather develop their program materials first, get approval of the program materials, and then purchase a home.  When considering starting a group home in Virginia, revew the following:

  • Intellectual Disability Licensed Providers with Conditional Licenses – Providers and services that have been licensed for the first time. A conditional license is issued to a new provider for services that demonstrates compliance with administrative, and policy regulations, but has not demonstrated compliance with all the regulations. This listing will be updated on a monthly basis (August 2016).
  • Intellectual Disability Licensed Providers with Provisional Licenses – Providers and services that have a provisional license. A provisional license may be issued to a provider for a service that has demonstrated an inability to maintain compliance with regulations, has violations of human rights or licensing regulations that pose a threat to the health or safety of individuals being served, has multiple violations of human rights, or licensing regulations, or has failed to comply with a previous corrective action plan. This listing will be updated on a monthly basis (August 2016).
  • ID Group Homes with four or fewer beds – Providers that are licensed to group homes for up to four individuals. A Group home residential service means a congregate service providing 24-hour supervision in a community-based home. Services include supervision, supports, counseling, and training in activities of daily living for individuals whose individualized services plan identifies the need for the specific types of services available in this setting. This listing will be updated on a monthly basis (August 2016).
  • ID Group Homes with five or more beds – Providers that are licensed to group homes for five or more individuals. A Group home residential service” means a congregate service providing 24-hour supervision in a community-based home. Services include supervision, supports, counseling, and training in activities of daily living for individuals whose individualized services plan identifies the need for the specific types of services available in this setting. This listing will be updated on a monthly basis (August 2016).
  • ICF/IID – Providers that are licensed as Community Intermediate Care Faculty/ Intellectual Disability. An Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID)” means a residential facility in which care is provided to individuals who have intellectual disability, or a developmental disability who need more extensiv training and supervision than may be available in an assisted living facility or group home. This listing will be updated on a monthly basis (August 2016).

As national consultants with more than 20 years of experience licensing personal care business in more than 40 states, we can help you start a group home in Virginia and make your business dream a reality.  Visit our website at: http://www.nbhsllc.com or phone us at: 800.214.2611.

To visit DBHDS go to: http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/professionals-and-service-providers/licensing/licensed-provider-search

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