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Group Home Services

Opening a group home with Sunny Haven Residential Services is a rewarding process that adheres to the guidelines and requirements set by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), Medicaid Enterprise System (MES), and Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). Sunny Haven is excited to start this journey with you and support you every step of the way.

Getting Started as a Group Home Provider with Sunny Haven Residential Services

If you are interested in opening a group home with Sunny Haven Residential Services, here’s a detailed guide to help you understand the initial steps and what to expect:

1. Initial Inquiry

  • Contact Sunny Haven Residential Services: Reach out to Sunny Haven to express your interest in opening a group home. They will provide you with detailed information and an application form.

2. Application Process

  • Submit Application: Complete and submit the application form provided by Sunny Haven. This form will collect information about your proposed group home, your qualifications, and your experience.

  • Background Checks: All potential staff members and adult household members must pass criminal background checks and Child Protective Services (CPS) checks.

3. Facility Requirements

  • Site Inspection: Prepare your proposed group home for an inspection by Sunny Haven. They will assess the site for safety, space, cleanliness, and accessibility standards.

  • Health Screenings: Ensure all staff members have up-to-date health screenings and immunizations, including tuberculosis.

  • Compliance with Standards: Your facility must meet the standards for group homes, including adequate living space, fire safety measures, and accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

4. Training and Certification

  • Pre-Service Training: Participate in mandatory pre-service training sessions provided by Sunny Haven. Training will cover essential topics such as person-centered planning, medication administration, crisis intervention, and compliance with Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) regulations.

  • Staff Certifications: Obtain necessary certifications for all staff, such as CPR and First Aid.

5. Approval Process

  • Facility Assessment: Sunny Haven will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your proposed group home. This includes interviews, detailed facility inspections, and evaluations of your ability to provide a supportive environment.

  • Review by DBHDS: Your application and assessment report will be reviewed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) to ensure compliance with state regulations.

  • Licensing: Upon approval, you will receive a license to operate a group home under Sunny Haven Residential Services.

What to Expect

During the Process

  • Thorough Evaluation: Expect a detailed evaluation of your facility and your ability to provide a safe, supportive environment for residents.

  • Commitment to Training: Be prepared to invest time in completing the required training and obtaining necessary certifications for all staff members.

After Approval

  • Ongoing Monitoring: Sunny Haven will provide continuous support, including regular monitoring visits and additional training opportunities.

  • Community Integration: Your group home will need to provide an environment that promotes community integration and individual choice for the residents.

Relevant Regulations and Standards

  • DBHDS Regulations: Adherence to DBHDS licensing standards for group homes, including health and safety requirements, staffing qualifications, and service delivery standards.

  • HCBS Requirements: Compliance with HCBS settings regulations to ensure that services are delivered in a manner that promotes community integration and individual choice.

  • MES Guidelines: Follow MES protocols for billing, documentation, and service provision to ensure accurate and timely Medicaid reimbursements.

By following these steps and understanding what to expect, you can successfully start your journey towards opening a group home with Sunny Haven Residential Services.

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