Is a residential care facility the same thing as a "room and board" facility?
No. A residential care facility is a facility licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing to provide care and supervision to its residents.

By contrast, a room and board facility provides lodging, and may also provide meals, depending upon the facility's policy and prices. These facilities are not licensed to provide care and supervision to their residents. Residents are expected to manage their medication, transportation, and other needs on their own.

Both types of facilities are privately owned and operated businesses. Facility staff interview applicants for appropriateness and determine admission to their facility.

Adult Mental Health Services does not provide linkage or placement to room and board facilities. However, for a list of room and board facilities in your community, you may contact:

Mental Health Association of Orange County  or call (714) 668-1530

What questions should I ask the manager about their residential care facility?
In choosing any place to live, it is a good idea to visit the facility in person and speak with the manager before deciding to move in.

Among the questions you might consider are:

  • What is the name of the manager?
  • What are the house rules?
  • Is smoking allowed? If so, where?
  • Are all the rooms shared? If so, with how many roommates?
  • Is there a patio area?
  • Are there laundry facilities at the house?
  • May I bring my own furniture? What about TVs or stereos?
  • Are pets allowed?
  • Is there shopping nearby?
  • Is the house close to a bus stop or other transportation?
  • How will I spend my time during the day?
How much does residential care cost?
For the 2014 year, consumers receiving only SSI (Supplemental Security Income) will pay $1,003.00 per month for their care to the residential facility. Consumers receiving both SSI and SSD may pay slightly more.
How do I get into a residential care home?
Contact the Adult Mental Health Services outpatient program in your area.

Click here for a list of programs.

What if I move in and later decide that I don't want to stay there?
Contact the Adult Mental Health Services outpatient program nearest you and request assistance with relocating to a new housing environment.
What should I do if I have a complaint about a residential care home?
If you are having problems with conditions at the facility or with another resident, you should discuss this with the house manager or staff.

Complaints about management, staff, or living conditions at the house may be directed to one or more of the following agencies:

Find the Adult Mental Health Outpatient Program nearest you

Residential Care and Housing Office (714) 796-0200

Office of Patients' Rights (714) 834-5647

State of California Community Care Licensing (714) 703-2840

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