What Is a Group Home? - Definition, Levels & Rules

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  • 0:00 Definition of a Group Home
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Instructor: Jessica Schubert

Jessica is a practicing attorney and has taught law and has a J.D. and LL.M.

This lesson will teach you about group homes. You will learn the definition of a group home, examine the levels of care which are provided at a group home and understand the rules that impact a group home.

Definition of a Group Home

In thousands of neighborhoods across the United States, there are group homes quietly and inconspicuously blending in with the community. These homes are often established in typical residential neighborhoods and often contain the typical features of a household. However, instead of traditional families, they are comprised of a group of unrelated individuals who receive support services while residing at the house.

Many different kinds of residents can live at group homes, including those who are physically, chronically, or mentally disabled; in drug rehabilitation programs; or in alcohol rehabilitation programs. Group homes may also house children in foster care, juvenile offenders, or troubled teens. Usually, during the stay at the group home, the individuals receive support, therapy and training in order to work within the community, earn a degree, or simply maintain a stable quality of life.

Levels of Group Homes

Group homes provide various levels of care to individuals, and every state has laws that dictate these levels. Generally, the levels are assigned a number or letter. Usually, the lower the letter or the number, the more support services are needed. When the support services are greater, the regulations are usually more substantial.

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