The Assisted Housing Program is a regulatory program authorized by 22 MRSA Chapters 1663 and 1664 as well as 22-A MRSA §205(2). The program licenses Assisted Living, Residential Care Facilities, and Adult Day programs.
How to Apply
To apply to have a facility licensed or renewed, complete the appropriate application and submit with the required documentation and fees as detailed in the application form. These application forms are "fillable." Please save the form to your computer and complete it by typing the required information into the fields provided. You can then print your completed form, sign, and submit via mail.
Assisted Living Programs
An Assisted Living program is a facility that offers services to residents in private apartments. There are two types of Assisted Living programs. Type I provides only medication administration, and type II provides medication administration and nursing services. Assisted Living Program Rules (Word)
Residential Care Facilities
A Residential Care Facility is a facility that offers services to residents in private, or semi-private, bedrooms. Some Residential Care Facilities that receive MaineCare funding are known as Private Non-Medical Institutions (PNMIs) and are governed by a separate set of rules.
There are four levels of Residential Care Facilities:
- a facility with a licensed capacity of one (1) to two (2) residents.
Level I Rules (Word)
PNMI Level I Rules (Word)
- a facility with a licensed capacity of three (3) to six (6) residents.
Level II Rules (Word)
PNMI Level II Rules (Word)
- a facility with a licensed capacity of three (3) to (6) residents and which employs three (3) or more persons who are not owners and are not related to the owner.
Level III Rules (Word)
PNMI Level III Rules (Word)
- a facility with a licensed capacity of more than six (6) residents
Level IV Rules (Word)
PNMI Level IV Rules (Word)
Adult Day Programs
An Adult Day Program offers therapeutic activities and supervision of adults in group settings. Adult Day Rules (Word)
Facilities can apply for a waiver of specific regulations that are not mandated by state or federal law, and do not violate resident rights by submitting a waiver request application. Request for Waiver Application (PDF)
Changes to an Existing Facility License
Changes to a facility license, such as a change of administrator, or a change in the capacity of the facility require an application and approval by the Division of Licensing & Certification.