Developmental Homes


Child Developmental Home Providers care for children who cannot live with their natural family and help them achieve permanency either through reunification with their parents, adoption, or another court-ordered plan.

Adult Developmental Home Providers open their homes and their hearts to an adult with developmental disabilities to teach them important skills and to help them live satisfying and successful lives.

Reaching Beyond LLC’s Developmental Home Program assists individuals and / or families in applying for and maintaining a license to care for a child or adult with developmental disabilities in the state of Arizona.

Licensing Requirements

  • Applicants must be 21 years of age or older
  • All family members must agree to become a CDH / ADH
  • You must be of honest and reputable character
  • You must have available space in your home
  • All adults in the household must be fingerprinted through the Office of Special Investigations
  • All adults in the household must submit to a background check through Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services
  • You must provide releases of information to conduct all background checks
  • All adults in the household must submit a Physician’s Statement
  • All adults must submit to all other medical testing that may be required by your physician or Family Partners
  • You must submit immunization records for each child in the home
  • You must have income or resources to meet the financial needs of the family and show proof of income and other resources
  • You must complete the training process
  • You must participate in the interview process when completing your home study
  • You must have reliable transportation and current insurance and registration
  • Your home must pass the state inspection
  • You must be able to meet the needs of the children or adults placed in your home

Provided Support

Applicants may choose to provide care to a child or adult, male or female. The characteristics of your desired placement will be thoroughly discussed during the application process. The individuals placed in developmental homes come from a wide range of disabilities, medical conditions, and / or behavioral issues. The applicant(s) strengths will be considered when making a placement.

Once an applicant is licensed as an ADH / CDH Provider and placement is made, the providers are paid for two services: Room and Board and Habilitation. Room and Board reimburses the providers for all household expenses, such as groceries and hygiene supplies. Habilitation pays for the support and training providers give to the individual placed in their home. These two services are combined into a daily rate, which will be paid every day the individual is in the provider’s home. (Providers will not be paid for times when the individual is in the hospital or nursing facility.)

A daily respite stipend is also paid to the provider to use at their discretion. It is the provider’s responsibility to identify appropriate respite providers for times when they will be unable to care for the individual (due to work hours, a needed break, etc.). An appropriate respite provider must hold a current fingerprint clearance card and be trained in CPR, First Aid, and Article 9. If respite is to be provided in the respite provider’s home, they must also pass the state home inspection. Every respite provider must be approved by Family Partners prior to providing services. Additionally, all necessary information and training for potential respite providers are offered through Reaching Beyond.

Our providers are paid twice a month but are not considered employees of Reaching Beyond; they are independent contractors. Reaching Beyond will not deduct payroll taxes, and the developmental home reimbursement is tax-free. Providers may work outside the home as long as it does not interfere with their ability to provide care to the individual placed in the home.


  • Provide a furnished bedroom (there are certain restrictions on sharing bedrooms)
  • Ensure all health and nutritional needs are met
  • Include the individual in all family activities and routines
  • Protect the individual from harm and exploitation
  • Assist the individual in developing and fostering personal relationships
  • Provide an opportunity for the individual to pursue their own religious beliefs
  • Provide transportation to meet their educational, medical, habilitation, employment, therapeutic, and social needs
  • Assist the individual with day to day concerns in regards to school, work, friends, and family
  • Provide positive reinforcement and encouragement
  • Ensure appropriate hygiene and attire
  • Prepare for and participate in IEP, IFSP, and ISP meetings and carry out assignments from the meetings
  • Complete required paperwork in a timely fashion
  • Ensure that all of the individual’s rights are respected and that they are treated fairly and humanely
  • Advocate for what is in the best interest of the individual

Reaching Beyond Role

A Family Support Coordinator has two functions – to be a “regulator” and a “supporter.” Our contracts with providers ensure they are maintaining all licensing and record-keeping requirements. We also coordinate your necessary ongoing training and yearly renewal process. We will be an advocate for both the provider and the client(s) they serve by attending necessary meetings and by assisting in resolving problems. Home visits will take place a minimum of once per month.

The decision to become a licensed Developmental Home provider should be carefully thought out. Please take some time to consider the impact that caring for another individual in your home will have. If becoming a Developmental Home provider seems like too much of a commitment at this time, please consider other ways to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities. 

Thank you for your interest in the Reaching Beyond Developmental Home Programs. Please call Reaching Beyond at 480-437-0082 or email the Developmental Home Program Director with any questions or to state your desire to begin the licensing process.