HRT’s Developmental Home Program


Photo features members of the Developmental Home Program Team enjoying Sedona with kids at HRT’s annual Family Camp Weekend, hosted by the Developmental Home Program.

  • Established in 1998
  • Serves Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
  • Utilizes Licensed, Family Home Settings for Residential Placement
  • Matches Family Strengths with Members Needs
  • Encourages Maximum Family and Community Involvement
  • Challenging, Demanding, Rewarding Pursuit
  • Strong Agency-Level Support
  • Makes a Difference in Attitudes about Individuals with Disabilities

What is a Developmental Home?

A Developmental Home is a licensed, family-home setting in which individuals with special needs reside. Developmental Home Providers are responsible for all aspects of care for the individual in their home. Providers are encouraged to incorporate individuals into as many aspects of family life as possible, including leisure, vacations, faith-based activities, meal preparation, etc. Providers receive a daily compensation for room and board and difficulty of care.

Who is served in a Developmental Home?

HRT places children and adults with developmental disabilities in our DHP provider homes. Developmental disabilities include autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and cognitive disabilities (mental retardation).

Once I am licensed, how long does it take to get a placement?

This can vary from a few weeks to several months, depending on referral patterns, home suitability and professional opinions. The placement matching process is very important. We try to closely match individuals in need of placement with Providers who have the setting and skills to best accommodate that individual and his or her specialized needs. Although we do our best to match providers with appropriate consumers, we cannot guarantee placement in your home.

Can I have more than 1 person reside in my home?

Generally, newly licensed Child or Adult Developmental Home Providers are limited to one (1) placed individual by license conditions for approximately one year. Following a combination of factors, a recommendation for a license increase may be possible if the Developmental Program Team is in agreement. Factors to be considered include, but are not limited to:

  • 1 year of continual licensed status
  • Sustained, successful placement of an individual for 6-12 months
  • Positive evaluation from client’s case manager of home suitability to specific client
  • Client compatibility to live with more than 1 individual
  • Increased and improved Provider strengths
  • Absence of Corrective Action Plans, Licensing Inquiries or CPS/APS reports

What are the rates paid for placement compensation?

Rates are established by consumer needs and are paid based on State determined reimbursement levels. A room and board and habilitation component are figured into the rate. Exact amounts are determined prior to placement. From time to time, at the sole discretion of HRT and the Management Team, increases may be made to rates to accommodate client concerns, contract adjustments at the State level or current market impact.

What are my responsibilities as a Developmental Home Provider?

A Child or Adult Developmental Home Provider is responsible for all aspects of an individual’s needs, including activities of daily living and the physical, emotional, educational, medical, social, and other needs of the placed individual. All Providers sign a Developmental Home Agreement, which specifies what the Provider, the State and HRT agree to as placement expectations. Your Licensing Support Specialist will review this document with you during license renewal and at other times when necessary.

Am I responsible for transportation?

Providing transportation to all medical, dental, educational, social and other appointments is a Provider requirement, as spelled out in the Adult or Child Developmental Home Agreement.

Do I get respite?

HRT recognizes the need for our licensed providers to take respite from time to time. In the interest of allowing providers the most flexibility, HRT includes respite funding in the provider bi-monthly reimbursement. This allows our licensed providers to work with respite providers that meet the needs of the members and the needs of each licensed family. The licensed providers then pay the respite providers directly at a mutually agreed upon rate. It is the licensed providers’ responsibility to assure that respite providers have been approved by the legal guardian, DDD support coordinator and the HRT support specialist before respite is done. It is also the licensed providers’ responsibility to submit all necessary documentation PRIOR to doing respite.  If a respite provider is not secured, then HRT support staff will assist in locating options and creating relationships with respite providers so that members experience continuity of care even during respite periods. Please ask the HRT support staff at any time for assistance.

What is involved with license renewal?

10 hours of continuing education training courses are required yearly, as well as updated CPR, First Aid, Article 9 (Managing Inappropriate Behaviors) and Prevention and Support if applicable for license renewal. Fingerprints, physician statements and home inspections are required every 3 years. Along with training and certifications needed, a reapplication packet is required. Your Licensing Support Specialist will facilitate the process by guiding you through the reapplication procedures and required paperwork. A renewal letter is sent out approximately 3 months prior to expiration to explain procedures, plan for needs and verify home compliance with Licensing Regulations.

What does the Developmental Home Program Team do?

The Developmental Home Program Team members serve in many roles as Licensing Worker, Home Supervisor, DDD Liaison, Training Coordinator and Support Specialist to the homes assigned to them. As a Licensing Support Specialist, we monitor homes for licensing regulation compliance on a continual basis and offer technical assistance when areas of need emerge. We complete yearly license renewal studies to keep license status current and facilitate Provider training opportunities. Monthly home visits are made and frequent phone contact occurs to maintain our relationship with each Provider and to assure compliance with Licensing Regulations, according to Articles 10 and 11 of the Arizona Administrative Code. We also monitor for Agency Standards for Developmental Home Service Provision. Your Licensing Support Specialist also works as a client/consumer advocate for individuals placed within our homes through visits to home, school, day and vocational settings. We occasionally enjoy leisure pursuits with our families and individuals. We assist our Providers with monthly paperwork completion for each individual by pre-service training and set guidelines for due dates. One of the most important things the Team does is assist Providers and Consumers to maintain a relationship with other service Team members (Case Managers, Therapists, etc.) by acting as a guide or liaison to get the services and support needed to live a fulfilling life. We proudly foster independence through family homes!

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