The initial application process consists of the 5 steps outlined below. The whole process can take anywhere from 2 to 4 months.

1. Phone Screen The licensing process begins with few preliminary questions we ask during our first phone conversation to see if you meet the minimum requirements. We then schedule an office meeting with you.

2. Office Meeting You will be asked to fill out an application form and bring it to our office meeting. The application is available on our website or we can mail it to you if you cannot access the Internet. The application form inquires as to the number of people living in the home, their ages and relationships, the address, a general description of the home, and where the applicant is employed. Please fill out the application completely.
You will be meeting with the Program Director and the CCH Coordinator. The interview will be approximately one hour long. It is a very important step during the process of licensing as it helps us to determine if you are the right candidate for the CCH program. After the interview we will ask you to sign a release form for background checks (on all adults residing in your home). We will be also checking the Department of Children and Families for your record and check your references. Following our meeting we will schedule the Home Inspection within two weeks.

3. Home Inspection During the Home Inspection your home is evaluated by the CCH Coordinator to make sure it complies with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) regulations. Any adjustments or alterations that need to be made to make it safe for the individual moving in will be reviewed. The home will go through a fire safety check. A local Fire Marshal’s certificate will be needed for those who live in anything other than a single family home; other reports may be needed based on the water and sewer source of the home. If there are any problems or deficiencies found in the home survey, the CCH Coordinator will help you to develop and implement a written plan of how to correct them. The major purpose of the Home Inspection is to prepare you for the DDS Licensing Inspection see Step 5. Procurement and the cost for any reports or necessary modifications are the sole responsibility of the applicant.

4. Training After the Home Inspection, you will be scheduled for training and DDS Licensing Inspection. The training will include:

  • First Aid
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Emergency Medical Procedures
  • Infection Control Procedures
  • How to respond in case of fire and other life threatening  situations
  • DDS Mission Statement
  • Use of generic resources
  • Age appropriate activities and expectations
  • Supported employment

5. DDS Licensing Inspection The licensing division of the DDS Central Office will conduct a survey of the home and determine compliance with the initial licensing standards. If the DDS Licensing Inspection is successful (everything is in place) your license will be issued. You have to renew your license annually (see the Annual Renewal of the License). Also, during your first year as a provider, you will have a DDS Home Inspection additionally within 4 to 6 months of the initial licensure.