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CCH Licensee

Welcome! We are pleased you are interested in becoming a CCH licensee!  Included in this section are FAQs on what you need to know to become licensed, as well as a success story from one of our licensees.  It is essential that anyone considering becoming a CCH licensee understand the mission and vision.  One of the important ways we demonstrate our commitment to the mission and vision is through respectful language.
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Frequently Asked Questions For Licensee

What is the role of the CCH licensee?
A CCH licensee offers a safe and nurturing home by giving guidance and support to individuals who reside with the licensee.  The licensee plays an active role in the individual(s) team and the collaborative development of a individual plan (IP). The support plan is based on the team’s knowledge of the individuals:
  • Personal challenges
  • Strengths
  • Skills
  • Preferences
  • Desired outcomes
The plan provides guidelines and specific strategies that address the person’s needs in the social, behavioral, medical and skill areas and is designed to lead to a positive lifestyle.  Living in a home environment presents daily opportunities to acquire and use new skills.  The licensee supports the individual’s participation in family and community activities. They assist the individual to learn about and use community resources and services as well as participate in activities that are valued and appropriate for the person’s age, gender and culture.  The licensee should at all times be in compliance with the CCH Agreement
How is the licensee trained?

The initial training includes an overview of: the DDS Mission Statement, intellectual disabilities, first aid, abuse & neglect prevention and reporting, CPR, infection control, program development, interacting with families, language and communication needs, medical emergency procedures and positive behavioral supports.  There are also individual and team training sessions for topics that relate specifically to the individual’s needs. In terms of ongoing training the licensee must maintain current CPR certification. In addition the licensee may be required to participate in on-going training that may be specific to the individual's needs or as directed by DDS.

What is the role of the natural family?

Family members are encouraged to be active team members, attending team meetings and assuring that the individual’s needs are being addressed. The CCH licensee will support the individual to foster the relationships that they find very important in their lives. They are also a natural respite support to the licensee. The natural family participates in ensuring that the individual’s health and medical needs are identified and addressed.

What is the financial compensation to support an individual living in a CCH?
The CCH licensee will receive a monthly room and board payment, in addition to a residential service rate.

Is a CCH licensee guaranteed to have individuals placed in their home?

DDS has no obligation to place an individual into any CCH.
Does a licensee have input on who is placed in their CCH?

Yes, DDS uses a process to look at similar interests and backgrounds in achieving optimal matches. Individuals are referred to the CCH program and typically indicate the location and culture of the home in which they would like to reside.  The individual will have an opportunity to visit the home before a decision is made.  This process may include but not be limited to dinner over one week night and weekend visits.

What happens if the licensee is sick or has an emergency?

Proactive strategies are discussed early on to prepare for emergencies. The CCH licensee is required, to identify a “designee”. This designee needs to be at least 18 years old, but does not have to be licensed. The designee can be a family member, close friend who is available to provide care to the individual in the licensee’s absence. The designee must have training as identified in the Individual Plan in accordance with sections 17a-227-23 to 17a-227-30, inclusive, of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.

What happens if the individual needs to stay home from their employment/day program? 

The team will work with individuals to identify a back-up plan for a situation such as this. The licensee receives funding from DDS that can be used to meet the needs of short term absences from the person employment or day program option.

Who pays the individual’s medical bills?

The medical bills are paid through the person’s Medicaid or Medicare benefits.

Am I able to hold a dual license?

It depends on the agency you are currently holding a license with. Dual licensure with DCF requires the DCF Commissioner’s written waiver of the regulation disallowing dual licensure. 

How long does the licensing process take?

The process may take several months, depending on how quickly you can meet the standards of the licensing requirements.   In addition, it is the responsibility of the potential licensee to make modifications as needed to the home in order to meet the requirements.
How often will licensing inspections occur?

An initial inspection will be done prior to a license being issued. If an individual is living in your home, a six-month revisit inspection will occur.  Annual licensing inspections will occur whether or not an individual is living in your home.