Intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled (ICF/DDs) provide care and housing for those who cannot live alone or in the family home. While there are several large ICF/DDs in the state, most offer small, homelike alternatives to an institutional setting.
The first requirement for living in a licensed facility is that the potential resident must qualify as developmentally disabled. In California, such developmental disabilities may be diagnosed at any age, but must originate before age 18 and be expected to continue throughout life.
The guidance here will help you make the best choice when considering a facility, including personal and practical concerns that will also likely weigh in the final selection.
To make the best match, think about the individual’s specific needs and disability, and learn about the types of facilities available.
Use CalQualityCare.org to help research the quality of facilities, then narrow your search by asking targeted questions and making site visits.