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Group Care Facilities Program

Florida Department of Health in Nassau County Environmental Health

Adults in a group care setting

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is not a primary licensing agency and does not conduct any inspections at homes or facilities licensed by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD).  Anyone Looking to open a group home  needs to initially contact one of the following primary licensing agencies to obtain information on how to open or get licensed by that agency:

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  • Rule Revisions
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COVID-19 Update

Businesses and employers can prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

All Group Care Facilities need to consider how best to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and lower the impact in their community.

Please see the guidance for general safety:

Best Practices for Social Distancing at your business

What State Agency Licenses Residential Group Homes and Residential Facilities?

The Department of Health (DOH) does not license various residential group care facilities.Licensing is done by one of three state agencies referred to as the primary licensing agency.  The three primary licensing agencies for residential group care facilities are: 

Group Care Facilities Rule Revision

**On July 6, 2018, a notice of Rule Development was submitted for publication in the Florida Administrative Register (FAR) for Chapter 64E-12, Florida Administrative Code, "Community Based Residential Facilities." 

You may access the proposed revision of Chapter 64E-12, Florida Administrative Code, using the following link:  Chapter 64E-12, Florida Administrative Code (Draft Sample)

Direct any questions or concerns to Travis Morris via email at  or by phone 850-901-6498.

Food Hygiene Rule Revision

  **Chapter 64E-11, Florida Administrative Code, "Food Hygiene" was revised and became effective September 26, 2018.

**You may find the updated version using the following link:  Updated Chapter 64E-11, Florida Administrative Code