Adult and Senior Care Program

Centralized Application Unit

The Centralized Applications Unit (CAU) was established to effectively gain consistency and standardization in the Adult and Senior Care facility applications in a timely and efficient manner. Expectations for completing the entire application process are 90 to 120 days. The CAU will process applications for Adult Day Programs (ADP), Adult Residential Facilities (ARF), Adult Residential Facilities for Persons with Special Health Needs (ARFPSHN), Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE), Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly-Continuing Care Retirement Community (RCFE-CCRC), Residential Care Facilities for the Chronically Ill (RCFCI), and Social Rehabilitation Facilities (SRF). 

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Definition of facility types:

Adult Day Program - Any community based facility or program that provides care to persons 18 years of age or older in need of personal services, supervision, or assistance essential for sustaining the activities of daily living or for the protection of  these individuals on less than a 24-hour basis.

Adult Residential Care Facility - 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 Needs - 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.

Residential Care Facility for the Elderly - 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.

Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly-Continuing Care Retirement Community - 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.

Residential Care Facilities 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.

Social Rehabilitation Facilities - 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.

Steps to obtaining a license involve:

1. For a new licensee, completion of a three-part component process, consisting of:

Orientation for a specific facility category and obtaining a certificate for completion

Component II is conducted by the reviewing analyst one-on-one with the applicant once the application is submitted and reviewed

Component III is category specific training and discussion in areas not often understood by new licensees intended to promote successful facility operation. Component III is conducted prior to licensure.

2. Submission of an application, with appropriate fee. This fee is not refundable. Applicant must retain a copy for their own records.

3. Applicant and other identified persons named in the application are required to obtain a criminal record clearance.

4. Applicant must identify the local fire authority so that a fire clearance can be ordered by CAU.

5. For certain facility types, determining if there are overconcentration issues.

6. A review of the application documents.

7. Financial verification to ensure sufficient start-up funds.

8. A review of the applicant’s credit history.

9. A review of the applicant's prior compliance history, if any.

10. For larger facilities, ensuring that a conditional use permit is obtained.

11. A pre-licensing inspection is conducted.

Fee Schedule (effective January 1, 2015)



It is the responsibility of the licensee and administrator to possess adequate knowledge of the governing statutes and regulations and the skill to effectively operate the type of facility they are applying for.

Make sure to retain a copy of the application documents for your records.

Make sure the application is complete with all required documents including the orientation certificate, administrator certificate and appropriate application fee.

Make sure you are ready for licensure prior to submitting the application (i.e., construction is completed, facility start-up funds have been secured, conditional use permit obtained).

Be sure to verify the local fire authority information such as the correct mailing address, fax and phone contact.

Be sure to provide a good daytime contact number and email.

Do not place application documents in sheet protectors.

Submit applications directly to the Centralized Application Unit.

Centralized Application Unit
Community Care Licensing
Adult and Senior Care Program

744 P Street, MS 8-3-91
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 657-2600
Fax: (916) 651-7916

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744 P Street, MS 8-3-90
Sacramento,  CA 95814
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