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Home >> L.A. Metro Multidisciplinary Team for Elders at Risk >> Community Care Licensing

Community Care Licensing
Department of Social Services
MDT Member

The mission of Community Care Licensing is to promote the health, safety, and quality of life of each person in community care through the administration of an effective collaborative regulatory enforcement system.

Types of Elderly & Adult Facilities
Licensed by Community Care Licensing

D.S.S. Community Care Licensing regulates, inspects and investigates several types of facilities providing care to seniors and dependent adults:


Adult Day Care Facilities
Facilities of any capacity that provide programs for frail elderly and developmentally disabled and/or mentally disabled adults in a day care setting. Up arrow to top of page


Adult Day Support Centers
Providing a community-based group program designed to meet the needs of functionally impaired adults through an individual plan of care in a structured comprehensive program that provides a variety of social and related services in a protective setting on less than 24-hour basis. Up arrow to top of page


Adult Residential Facilities
ARF are facilities of any capacity that provide 24-hour non-medical care for adults ages 18 through 59, who are unable to provide for their own daily needs. Adults may be physically handicapped, developmentally disabled, and/or mentally disabled. Up arrow to top of page


Residential Care Facilities for the Chronically Ill
RCFCI are facilities with a maximum licensed capacity of 25. Care and supervision are provided to adults who have AIDS or HIV. Up arrow to top of page


Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly
RCFE provide care, supervision and assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing and grooming. They may also provide incidental medical services under special care plans.
The facilities also provide services to persons under 60 with compatible needs. RCFEs may also be knows as assisted living facilities, retirement homes and board and care homes. The facilities can range in size from six beds or less to over 100 beds. The residents in these facilities require varying levels of personal care and protective supervision. Up arrow to top of page


 Continuing Care Retirement Communities
A continuing care contract is an agreement between a person 60 years or older and a continuing care provider. The contract includes a promise to provide a range of services at a Continuing Care Retirement Community for a period longer than one year in exchange for payment. Most continuing care contracts call for the payment of an entrance fee and monthly fees.
Due to the length of time covered by continuing care contracts, as well as the substantial payments made by residents, the Legislature has enacted state laws requiring providers to meet certain financial and disclosure requirements. The California Department of Social Services is the State agency responsible for approving, monitoring and regulating providers.
You can find advice and more detailed information about Continuing Care Retirement Communities on a special page of the Community Care Licensing Web site. Up arrow to top of page

bulletSocial Rehabilitation Facilities
Facilities that provide 24-hour-a-day non-medical care and supervision in a group setting to adults recovering from mental illnesses, who temporarily need assistance, guidance, or counseling. Up arrow to top of page

How to Check the Record of a Facility

To check the record of a Los Angeles County Facility you can go to the Regional Office of the Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing (see paragraph below).
There you can see the complete files related to the facilities that interest you. You should narrow down your choice before your visit since the files can be quite extensive. A call to the on-duty worker at the Greater Los Angeles Senior Care Regional Office Program (818) 596-4334 is recommended before your visit to insure that you have selected the correct Field Office and that the file is available. Up arrow to top of page

Field Offices in Los Angeles County

A reorganization effective on October 1, 2001 has placed the oversight of senior facilities with the Greater Los Angeles Senior Care Regional Office Program. The headquarter for this program is located in the Woodland Hills office:
21731 Ventura Blvd., Suite 250
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Tel: (818) 596-4334
Fax: (818) 596-4376

(818) 596-4334 is now the primary number to report a complaint. Up arrow to top of page

For more information...

Visit the California Department of Social Services Community Licensing Web Site at:


The site offers:

bulletTypes of facilities
bulletA Search function to locate a facility in your area
bulletLicensing forms
bulletEmployment information
bulletDistrict offices

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Updated on 03/28/2006


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