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Group Care Facilities Program

Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County Environmental Public Health Program

Adults in a group care setting

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:

Group Care Facilities Rule Revision

Rule Revision
In June of 2023, the Department has restarted the rule revision process again for Chapter 64E-12, of the Florida Administrative Code. A Notice of Development of Rulemaking was advertised in the Florida Administrative Register. A draft copy of the proposed changes can be found here: Chapter 64E-12, Florida Administrative Code Proposed Draft.

Food Hygiene Rule 

Please view the Chapter 64E-11, Florida Administrative Code, "Food Hygiene".       

More Information about Group Care Facilities can be found at the Florida Department of Health Group Care Facilities Program webpage.

The Group Care Facilities Program provides information about: