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Licensed Residential Facilities

Ohio limits the number of people that live in licensed residential facilities and is currently at capacity. DODD is not issuing any new licenses for residential facilities. However, 

  • Agencies that already have a licensed facility may apply for a new license if they are moving to a new location.
  • Agencies may also obtain ownership of a currently unused license from another entity.

Click through each tab below to learn more.

Facility Licensure

DODD licenses buildings where agency providers intend to offer residential services to people with developmental disabilities.

  • Residential settings must be licensed when the provider of services is also the owner of the home, but does not live in the home with the person receiving services.
  • Intermediate care facilities are also required to have their facility licensed. 

Provider agencies may obtain a license for a building intended to become a licensed residential facility. Independent providers are not eligible.

Facility Administrators

New administrators must complete the Licensed Residential Facility Orientation, available in DODD MyLearning.

Administrators are required to have a bachelor’s degree or at least 4 years of experience as supervisor of programs for people with developmental disabilities.

Initial and annual training requirements for administrators include specific areas, including fiscal management and billing, internal compliance programs, the rights of people with disabilities and person-centered planning, community integration, self-determination and advocacy. Administrators are also required to review health and welfare alerts annually.


Application for Licensure

Complete the Licensure Development Application and submit at least 60 days before the facility is scheduled to open.

Once the application is approved, an on-site feasibility inspection will be scheduled to look at the physical characteristics of the building.       

Provider agencies seeking a license for an intermediate care facility will also need to apply to the Ohio Department of Medicaid for a Provider Agreement using the MITS application.

Licensure Fees

Licensure fees are based on the number of beds within a facility.

Initial licensure fees

Facilities with 1 to 15 beds = $100 licensure fee

Facilities with 16 or more beds = $500 licensure fee

Based on the outcome of their compliance review, the facility will be issued a term-license for a period of either one or three years.  

One Year License

Facilities with 1-15 beds = $100 licensure fee

Facilities with 16 or more beds = $500 licensure fee

Three Year License

Facilities with 1 to 15 beds = $300 licensure fee

Facilities with 16 or more beds = $1,500 licensure fee


Compliance

All licensed facilities are required to maintain compliance with licensure rules as well as rules applicable to the facility’s funding source. 

Each licensed residential facility will be required to undergo a compliance review with DODD at least once every three years. A review that results in significant areas of non-compliance may result in the revocation of the facility license.

All of the tools used by the department during a compliance review are available on this website. Providers can use all of the compliance review tools to complete a self-assessment at any time, and are especially helpful in preparing for a compliance review with DODD.

Based on the outcome of their compliance review, the facility will be issued a term-license for a period of either one or three years.