- Biomedical Waste
- Body Piercing
- Drinking Water
- Food Hygiene
- Group Care
- Indoor Air
- Migrant Labor
- Mobile Home Parks
- Onsite Sewage Disposal
- Pools and Spas
- Sanitary Nuisances
- Florida Healthy Beaches – Water Quality Monitoring
- Florida Healthy Beaches - Water Quality Monitoring
- Boil Water Notices
- Boil Water Notice Guidelines
Group Care Facilities Program
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is not a primary licensing agency and does not conduct any inspections at homes or facilities licensed by the 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:
- Agency for Health Care Administration
- for homes or facilities serving the elderly, the disabled, and mental health facilities.
- Department of Children and Families
- for homes or facilities serving children.
- Agency for Persons with Disabilities
- for homes or facilities serving only individuals with disabilities.
- COVID-19 Update
- Rule Revisions
- More Information
Preparedness Checklist for Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities and Long-Term Care Facilities
Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities can take steps to assess and improve their preparedness for responding to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This checklist should be used as one tool to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 response plan, including plans for:
- Rapid identification and management of ill residents.
- Considerations for visitors and consultant staff.
- Supplies and resources.
- Sick leave policies and other occupational health considerations.
- Education and training.
- Surge capacity for staffing, equipment and supplies, and postmortem care.
Long-term care facilities can use this tool to self-assess the strengths and weaknesses of current preparedness efforts. This checklist does not describe mandatory requirements or standards; rather, it highlights important areas to review to prepare for the possibility of residents with COVID-19.
Things facilities should do now
Educate Residents, Healthcare Personnel, and Visitors
- Share the latest information about COVID-19.
- Review CDC’s Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) or Persons Under Investigation for COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings.
- Educate and train HCP.
- Reinforce sick leave policies. Remind HCP not to report to work when ill.
- Reinforce adherence to infection prevention and control measures, including hand hygiene and selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Have HCP demonstrate competency with putting on and removing PPE.
- Educate both facility-based and consultant personnel (e.g., wound care, podiatry, barber) and volunteers. Including consultants is important because they often provide care in multiple facilities and can be exposed to or serve as a source of pathogen transmission.
- Educate residents and families including:
- Information about COVID-19 and vaccines.
- Actions the facility is taking to protect them and their loved ones, including visitor restrictions.
- Actions residents and families can take to protect themselves in the facility.
Provide Supplies for Recommended Infection Prevention and Control Practices
Florida is distributing safe and effective vaccines to Florida’s most vulnerable populations. Currently, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus (and avoid exposing other people). Here’s how:
- Hand hygiene supplies:
- Put alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60–95% alcohol in every resident room (ideally both inside and outside of the room) and other resident care and common areas (e.g., outside dining hall, in therapy gym).
- Make sure that sinks are well-stocked with soap and paper towels for handwashing.
- Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette:
- Make tissues and facemasks available for coughing people.
- Consider designating staff to steward those supplies and encourage appropriate use by residents, visitors, and staff.
- Make necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available in areas where resident care is provided. Put a trash can near the exit inside the resident room to make it easy for staff to discard PPE prior to exiting the room, or before providing care for another resident in the same room. Facilities should have supplies of:
- Respirators (if available and the facility has a respiratory protection program with trained, medically cleared, and fit-tested HCP).
- Eye protection (i.e. face shield or goggles).
- Consider implementing a respiratory protection program that is compliant with the OSHA respiratory protection standard for employees if not already in place. The program should include medical evaluations, training, and fit testing.
- Environmental cleaning and disinfection:
- Make sure that EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectants are available to allow for frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces and shared resident care equipment.
- Refer to List N on the EPA website for EPA-registered disinfectants that have qualified under EPA’s emerging viral pathogens program for use against SARS-CoV-2.
See more information about preparing for COVID-19 at long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
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What State Agency Licenses Residential Group Homes and Residential Facilities?
The Department of Health (DOH) does not license various residential group care facilities.Licensing is done by one of three state agencies referred to as the primary licensing agency. The three primary licensing agencies for residential group care facilities are:
- Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)
- For homes or facilities serving the elderly, the disabled, and mental health facilities
- Department of Children and Families (DCF)
- For homes or facilities serving children
- Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)
- For homes or facilities serving only individuals with disabilities
Group Care Facilities Rule Revision
**On July 6, 2018, a notice of Rule Development was submitted for publication in the Florida Administrative Register (FAR) for Chapter 64E-12, Florida Administrative Code, "Community Based Residential Facilities."
You may access the proposed revision of Chapter 64E-12, Florida Administrative Code, using the following link: Chapter 64E-12, Florida Administrative Code (Draft Sample)
Direct any questions or concerns to Travis Morris via email at AskEH@flhealth.gov or by phone 850-901-6498.
Food Hygiene Rule Revision
**You may find the updated version using the following link: Updated Chapter 64E-11, Florida Administrative Code
Information about Group Care Facilities can be found at the Florida Department of Health Group Care Facilities Program.
The Group Care Facilities Program provides information about: