Residential General - Disabled:
Where can I find information on starting a Group Care Facility for the mentally disabled or troubled youth? And what steps would I have to go through to get licensed to start this in my home?
In general, group homes that serve children will be regulated / licensed by the Department of Children and Families. You may find licensing and contact information about them at this web site:
http://www.myflfamilies.com/ (opens in new window)
Additionally, there is the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and they have facilities that they license and inspect:
http://apd.myflorida.com/ (opens in new window)
The Department of Health (DOH) is responsible for physical plant inspections specific to environmental health and permitting/inspecting food service operations at residential facilities. For information regarding group care inspections and food service permitting, you can contact the local county health department in the county where the facility will be located. Also, you can find related information on the department's website at: