Developmentally Disabled Adult Care

In California, there are two distinct types of care facilities that serve the needs of Developmentally Disabled Adults. These different facilities depend on the type of care required by the disabled adult, and are classified as follows:


Intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled–nursing is a facility with a capacity of 4 to 15 beds that provides 24-hour personal care, developmental services, and nursing supervision for developmentally disabled persons who have intermittent recurring needs for skilled nursing care but have been certified by a physician and surgeon as not requiring continuous skilled nursing care.

These types of facilities serve medically fragile persons (dependent adults) who have developmental disabilities or demonstrate significant developmental delay that may lead to a developmental disability if not treated. Typically, these types of facilities are housed in a nursing home or other type of skilled nursing facility with elder patients.

Intermediate nursing care facilities for the developmentally disabled are licensed and overseen by the Department of Public Health's Center for Health Care Quality (CHCQ), which is responsible for the regulatory oversight of health care facilities to secure safe, effective and quality healthcare for all. CHCQ evaluates health care facilities for compliance with state laws and regulations, and also investigates complaints or inappropriate or illegal conduct, as well
as certifies health care facilities' compliance with federal laws and regulations.