AA: Adoption Agency

ADP: Adult Day Program

ARF: Adult Residential Facility

ARFPHSN: Adult Residential Facility for Persons with Special Health Care Needs

CCLD: Community Care Licensing Division

CCP: Child Care Program

CCR: California Code of Regulations

CFH: Certified Family Home

CTF: Certified Treatment Facility

FFA: Foster Family Agency

FFH: Foster Family Home

GH: Group Home

H&S: Health & Safety Code

LPA: Licensing Program Analyst

LPM: Licensing Program Manager

POC: Plan of Correction

RO: Regional Office


Administrator: A certified licensee, or other certified adult designated by the licensee to act on his/her behalf in the overall management of the facility.

Adoption Agency (AA): A licensed public or private organization that provides adoptive services including placement of children for adoption.

Adult and Senior Care Licensing Program: The program that regulates Adult and Senior Care facilities including Adult Day Programs, Adult Residential Facilities, Residential Care Facilities for the Chronically Ill, Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, and Social Rehabilitation Facilities.

Adult Day Program (ADP): A community-based less than 24-hour program that provides activities and services to persons 18 years of age or older who need or prefer a supervised setting.

Adult Residential Facility (ARF): A residential home for adults ages 18 through 59 with mental health care needs or who have physical or developmental disabilities and require or prefer assistance with care and supervision.

Adult Residential Facility for Persons with Special Health Care Needs (ARFPHSN): A residential home that provides 24-hour services for up to five adults with developmental disabilities who have special health care and intensive support needs and who would otherwise need to reside in an institution.

Appeal: The due process right of a licensee to request, in writing, a formal change to a licensing decision.

Assisted Living Facility: See Residential Care Facility for the Elderly.

Capacity: The maximum number of individuals that may be cared for by the facility.

Child Care Center: A facility that provides Child Care in a group setting, often located in commercial buildings.

Child Care Center for the Mildly Ill: A Child Care facility for children that have short-term mild illnesses.

Child Care Licensing: The program that regulates child care facilities including Child Care for the Mildly Ill, Family Child Care Homes, Infant Centers, Preschool Child Care Centers and School age Child Care Centers.

Children's Residential Facilities and Homes Licensing: The program that regulates residential facilities for children including Adoption Agencies and Homes, Certified Family Homes, Community Treatment Facilities, Crisis Nurseries, Foster Family Agencies, Group Homes (including Out-of State Group Homes), Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelters, Small Family Homes and Transitional Housing Placement Programs.

Citation: A notice of deficiency issued to a licensee for a violation of a statute or regulation.

Certified Family Home (CFH): A home certified by a Foster Family Agency or their sub-agency to provide care and supervision to children that require temporary or permanent care and who are placed by the certifying Foster Family Agency.

Client: A child or adult who is receiving care and supervision.

Crisis Nursery: Is a facility that provides short-term residential care for children under six years of age who are voluntarily placed by a parent or legal guardian due to a family crisis or a stressful situation, for up to 30 days.

Community Treatment Facility (CTF): A facility that provides non-medical care and mental health treatment services to children in a group setting and that has the capacity to provide a secure environment. A facility's program components are subject to program standards developed and enforced by the State Department of Health Care Services.

Complaint Allegation: An allegation that a licensing regulation or law has been violated.

Complainant: Any individual or entity who files a complaint against a licensed or unlicensed care facility or associated individual.

Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC): A Residential Care for the Elderly facility that offers a long-term continuing care contract that provides for housing, residential services, and nursing care, usually in one location, and usually for a resident's lifetime.

Deficiency: A violation of a statute or regulation.

Foster Family Agency (FFA): An Agency that recruits, trains, certifies, and provides professional support to certified foster parents of Certified Family Homes. Foster Agencies may also use sub-agencies to perform these duties.

Foster Family Home (FFH): A licensed home that provides services for children who may have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Care and supervision is provided in the licensee's own home.

Group Home (GH): A facility that provides 24-hour care to children in a structured environment. Children in group homes are under court jurisdiction due to violations of law or as dependent children removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment.

Group Home Care for Children Under the Age of Six: A facility that provides care for children under the age of six years who are dependents of the court, regional center placements, or voluntary placements and who are not accompanied by the minor parent, unless otherwise specified.

Inconclusive: A finding that a complaint is inconclusive means that there is not a preponderance of the evidence to prove that the alleged violation occurred.

Infant Center: A Child Care Center facility that serves children ages 0 to 2.

Inspection: An inspection is conducted to evaluate compliance with statute and regulations.

Large Family Child Care Home: A licensed facility that provides child care in the licensee's own home to no more than 14 children.

Licensee: An individual, firm, partnership, corporation, association, county, city, public agency, or other government entity having the authority and responsibility for the operation of a facility.

License: Basic permit to operate a facility.

License Suspended: The state has closed the facility due to an imminent risk of harm. This action may be appealed, but the facility will remain closed until a judge makes a final decision.

Licensing Program Analyst (LPA): A duly authorized officer, employee, or agent of the Department including any officer, employee or agent of a county or other public agency authorized by contract to license child care facilities, community care facilities, residential care facilities for the chronically ill or residential care facilities for the elderly.

Out-of-State Group Home: A facility that provides unique residential programs for children not available in California Group Home facilities.

Pending: Indicates that the department is processing an application for licensure, but the facility is not yet licensed.

Post-licensing Visit: Visits conducted within 90 days after a facility accepts its first client for placement following its initial licensure to evaluate compliance with rules and regulations and to assess the facility's continuing ability to meet licensing requirements.

Pre-licensing Visit: Visits conducted prior to licensure to ensure the facility meets licensing requirements.

Preschool Child Care Center: A Child Care Center facility that serves children ages 2 to 5.

Probation: Probation is the period of time that a facility is required to comply with specific terms and conditions in order to prevent revocation of the facility's license. If all the terms and conditions are met, the probation is lifted after the specified date.

Provisional License: A temporary license issued for a period not to exceed twelve months where an initial license application has been submitted, there are no life safety risks, the facility is in substantial compliance with laws and regulations, and an immediate need for licensure exists. All group home license applicants receive a provisional license for the first twelve months.

Resident: A child or adult who is receiving care and supervision while living in a facility.

Residential Care Facility for the Chronically Ill: A facility that provides care and supervision to adults who have a terminal illness, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE): A residential home for seniors aged 60 and over who require or prefer assistance with care and supervision. Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly may also be known as Assisted Living facilities, retirement homes and board and care homes.

Revocation: The administrative action to revoke a license because of serious or chronic violations of licensing statutes or regulations.

Revocation Action Pending: The state has filed a legal action to revoke the facility's license. This action may be appealed and may result in a revocation, probation, or it may be dismissed by a judge. The facility may remain open during this process.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter: A shelter that provides voluntary, short-term, shelter and personal services to runaway youth or homeless youth, ages 13 to17.

School Age Child Care Center: A Child Care Center facility that serves children ages 5 to 17.

Small Family Child Care Home: A licensed facility that provides child care in the licensee's own home to no more than eight children.

Small Family Home: A home that provides 24-hour care in the licensee's own home for six or fewer children who are mentally, developmentally or physically disabled, and who require special care and supervision as a result of these disabilities.

Social Rehabilitation Facility: A facility that provides 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.

Substantiated: A finding that the complaint is substantiated means that the allegation is valid because there is a preponderance of evidence to prove that the violation occurred.

State Licensing Office: The local offices of the California Department of Social Services, which regulate facilities throughout the state.

Transitional Housing Placement Program: An independent living program that serves as a bridge to ensure foster youth are properly trained and have affordable housing arrangements to integrate into the community when they emancipate from foster care.

Type A Citation: Type A citations are issued for the most serious types of violations, in which there is an immediate risk to the health, safety or personal rights of those in care. Examples include lack of care and supervision, lack of a fire clearance for the building and access to dangerous chemicals. Citations for these violations will always be issued, even if the violation is corrected on the spot.

Type B Citation: Type B citations are issued for violations that if not corrected may become an immediate risk to the health, safety or personal rights of clients. Examples include faulty medical record keeping and lack of adequate staff training.

Unfounded: A finding that the complaint is unfounded means that the allegation is false, could not have happened, and/or is without a reasonable basis.

Visit: A visit includes required inspections of the facility to evaluate compliance with statute and regulations, complaint visits to investigate a complaint allegation, and other visits for administrative or follow-up purpose. Examples include case management visits, plan of correction visits, pre-licensing inspections and post-licensing inspections.