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Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Group homes and assisted living facilities are community-based establishments that serve a variety of special populations, including the elderly, disabled and troubled juveniles.

Facilities Existing Prior To Jan. 1, 2007

Group homes and assisted living facilities that were in existence before Jan. 1, 2007 housing five to eight people must only comply with the requirements for one- and two-family dwellings if the owners present information to the Fire Chief or his designee that the residents have no unique needs warranting imposition of more stringent fire safety standards.

Facilities Established After Jan. 1, 2007

Group homes and assisted living facilities housing more than three people and established after Jan. 1, 2007 must comply with more stringent fire safety standards as outlined in the National Fire Protection Association's fire and life safety codes.

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes are regulated and inspected by the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

Looking for a Group Home?

For information about group homes for adults with disabilities and the elderly, contact the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. DHMH monitors and regulates group homes for adults.

For information about group homes for youth, contact the Maryland Department of Human Resources' Office of Licensing and Monitoring. DHR's hotline for concerns about youth group homes is 1-866-718-5496.

Revised June 9, 2011

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