Information for Adult Family Home Providers

Latest News

  • FOCUS GROUPS REGARDING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES ARE SLATED FOR APRIL, MAY: As a part of Washington State’s continuing effort to transform lives and increase the community-based services available to individuals with behavioral challenges and personal care needs, ALTSA is creating programs that will offer support and services to providers interested in helping these individuals transition back into their own community.   

    We will be conducting focus groups with providers during April and May to share information regarding the teams we’ve created and gather input regarding what you would find most helpful or useful when working with behavioral health clients.  View the Focus Group Schedule (Word).

  • Community Integration Training is now available.  If you are a care provider and need to learn about changes related to the 2017-2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement (to include Community Integration), this training is for you.

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What are the laws and regulations for operating an AFH?

How will the department communicate any changes?

Do my caregivers need the Home Care Aide certification?

Yes, they will have to be Home Care Aide certified unless they meet one of the following exemptions:

  • RNs, LPNs, and certified nursing assistants (NA- C/CNA) or persons in an approved CNA training program;
  • Medicare certified home health aides;
  • Person with special education training and an endorsement granted by the Superintendent of Public Instruction; or
  • Employed as a LTC worker sometime between 1/1/2011 and 1/6/2012 AND who completed the training requirements in effect at the time.  Must have proof of that employment meeting the requirements of DOH WAC 246-980-070.  Long-Term Care Employment Verification form (DOH 675-006)

What are the training requirements?

How Do I find Training for my staff?

Where do I find background check information?


Health care and health care decision making

How do I protect vulnerable adults?

How do I contact RCS and what can I expect during/after inspections?