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Idaho Certified Family Homes
In the State of Idaho, Adult Foster Homes are
referred to as "Certified Family Homes".
Governed by the State of Idaho Department of
Health and Welfare, a Certified Family Home
(CFH) is defined as: "a private residence
where one or two adults who are elderly, have
a mental illness, a physical disability or a
developmental disability live in a family-home
environment.
Certified Family Homes provide a safe,
home-like environment where residents can
direct their own care and live in a community
of their choosing. Families who provide such
care share their homes and families with
adults who are unable to live alone."
Certified Family Homes may apply for an exception waiver, allowing them to provide housing for
up to 4 residents. (When a Certified Family Home is granted a 4-resident waiver, the care
providers cannot have any other job other than to manage the home and provide care for the
residents.)
The most recent census data indicates there are over 1800 Certified Family Homes in Idaho;
certification is granted by the Idaho State Department of Health and Welfare. CFH certifications
are valid for 12 months. Home inspections are conducted upon application for certification, then
12 months after certification. After the second home inspection, the CFH is placed on a
24-month inspection cycle.
Certification Rules

Every Idaho household applying for Certified Family Home (CFH) certification must comply with
the following:
  • Attend a formal CFH orientation
  • Read and understand CFH rules
  • All providers must have 8 hours of relevant training (4 hours of classroom training and
    another 4 hours of either independent study or classroom training)
  • Complete Criminal Background Check and fingerprinting for all provider household
    members and employees 18 years of age or older caring for residents. (CFH residents
    themselves are exempt from background check requirements)
  • Each household member and employee caring for residents must have a current CPR
    and First Aid Course certification and take the Basic Medication Awareness class
  • Submit the home to Home Inspections (where applicable):
  • Water Test Results (for private wells)
  • Receipt for Pumping of Septic Tank
    (every 3 years)
  • Receipt for Fuel-Fired Furnace
    Inspection
  • Receipt for Fireplace/Woodstove
    Inspection
  • Receipt for Servicing/Purchase of
    Fire Extinguishers
  • Resident Bedrooms Minimum of 100 sq. ft.
  • Functional Smoke Detectors in All
    Sleeping Rooms
  • Manufactured Homes Less Than 18
    Years Old
  • Cleanliness and Orderliness Throughout
  • Provide Proof of Homeowners Insurance
  • Bedroom Windows at Least 22" x 22" and
    Not More Than 44" From the Floor
Required Services:
  • Food and Lodging
  • Meals Tailored to Any Special
    Diet Needs
  • Assistance with Activities of Daily
    Living
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Housekeeping Services
  • Transportation Arrangement Within a 25-mile Radius
  • Assistance with Medications and Supervision
  • Linens and Personal Hygiene Items
  • Television in Common Areas
  • Local Telephone Service
  • Other Services as Needed
For more information on Idaho Certified Family Homes (CFH), contact the Idaho CFH Program
Manager:
(208) 239-6260   |   www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/site/4333/default.aspx
Certified Family Homes Placement Procedures

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The State of Idaho tightly controls the placement process for all of the state's certified family
homes. Since 2007,
all non-emergency Certified Family Home (CFH) placements are
required to be pre-approved by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Regardless of resident payment method (Developmental Disability Waiver, Aged and Disabled
Waiver, private pay, etc.) an Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Regional CFH Specialist
must be involved before placement to evaluate the needs of the resident and the ability of the
proposed certified family home to meet those needs.
The placement process requires slightly different steps and actions depending on the status of
the resident;
contact the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare CFH Progam Manager
at (208) 239-6263
or the appropriate Regional CFH Specialists with the contact information
listed on the
Boise, Lewiston-Clarkston or Twin Falls Certified Family Home information pages.